In preparation for the opening of our newly refurbished in-patient acute ward at Royal Preston Hospital in February, the Skylark team are hosting two events, welcoming staff, the community and carers to come and have a look around and ask questions.

Skylark was previously a rehabilitation facility within the Avondale Unit, but will soon opening its doors to older adult females aged 65 and over, with an 11 bed provision.

This will be a new offering for those who live or have family in our Central and West locality, meaning they can be closer to home and their loved ones while they are receiving treatment.

Ward matron, Stephen Lawlor, said:

“We are incredibly proud and excited to be opening soon after a three month refurbishment programme and to start receiving service users into the facility.

We know that being closer to family and familiar surroundings is really important to patients, their carers and families and this is something we have previously lacked in Preston, South Ribble and West Lancashire, so has been a priority for us. Thankfully we now have an older female in-patient provision to offer to those who need it the most, nearer to where matters to them.”

Here are the details of the two events being held at Skylark within the Avondale Building at Royal Preston Hospital:

  1. Open Day: Thursday 19 January between 10.30am - 3pm

All are welcome, including the local community and staff who may refer patients to the service are being encouraged to attend. Skylark staff will be happy to show you around, as well as take questions and suggestions.

  1. Carer Coffee Morning: Friday 20th January 10am-12pm

The team want to work closely with carers in recognition of the vital role they play in the care and recovery of their loved ones.

If you know any carers who are suitable, please invite them along. They will be able to meet the team, enjoy some snacks and have a look around. They can also ask questions and make suggestions.


Details of both events will be shared on our Trust Facebook and Twitter channels.


To find out more about Skylark, or to confirm attendance at the above events, you can contact:

Lucy Willis (Occupational Therapist) -

Alison Pickup (Ward Manager) - 07773 947405

Steve Lawlor (Matron) - 07973 957103