Originally built in the 1920’s to house children of First World War servicemen, the NHS Trust has been struggling to offer affordable, modern high-quality services in buildings no longer fit for purpose. The new hospital will be constructed on the same forested, greenbelt site as existing buildings, crucially allowing the current hospital to remain open until completion of the new development. Sale of land for housing will partially fund the development.
The new hospital, providing non-emergency care, will see -subject to planning consent- six new operating theatres, new cardiac facilities and 40 inpatient beds in addition to several new outpatient facilities and clinics. A new GP hub will also be built on the site. It is envisaged that the new amenities will ease pressure on the other hospitals in the area and provide more patient choice. It will secure jobs in the area and eventually deliver much-needed housing, with up to 250 homes being planned. The new hospital may be opened as soon as early 2020, subject to planning permission.