TWO former rehabilitation homes for mental health patients in York are being auctioned off by the NHS.

It is anticipated that the properties in Elmfield Terrace in Heworth and in Shipton Road in Clifton will raise more than £700,000 in total when they are sold at auction in London on Thursday.

The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said they are being sold as they are surplus to requirements and were not being used.

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A spokesperson for NHS Property Services, said: “These two residential style properties have been declared surplus to NHS requirements by NHS England and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

"With no NHS need apparent, NHS Property Services are obliged to dispose of the properties.

"Both have been advertised on the Government's surplus land register and, as there was no interest in the properties from any other Government agency, they are now being sold. We always seek expert, independent advice on any property before it is offered for sale as we have a duty to secure best value. Receipts from property disposals are reinvested back into the NHS.

“To the best of our knowledge no other NHS Property Services properties in York have been declared surplus to requirements at this time.”

The property in Elmfield Terrace is a semi-detached five bedroomed house. The detached house in Shipton Road used to be known as Field View and has four bedrooms and an 180ft garden. Both were used in the provision of a forensic service for people moving from more secure care or transfer from prison, according to the NHS Choices website.

Both require a minimum bid of £350,000.

A spokesperson for the Vale of York CCG said: "The CCG reviewed the use of the properties with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). The properties were not being used for clinical services when TEWV took over the contract and the CCG and TEWV agreed that they were surplus to requirements."

They said the proceeds from the sale would be reinvested back into the NHS, but not say this would be specifically in York.