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Senior leadership appointments

We recentlyannounced two senior appointments to our executive team. Martin Steele has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Michael Kissman joins as Director of Corporate Services. Martin brings significant operational and commercial management experience, and a strong track record of delivering complex client services and implementing both hard and soft FM strategies. He has previously worked for leading blue chip companies, including as Managing Director of BT’s facilities services…

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Pioneering vacant space scheme to cut NHS estate costs

NHS Property Services has launched the Vacant Space Handback Scheme which will help commissioners to cut the cost of empty space in their buildings, leaving them more to spend on frontline care. The new scheme comes in response to feedback from commissioners who want to reduce the cost of maintaining space that they decide is no longer needed for clinical services. Although the costs of vacant space in the NHS are kept…

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Construction complete at the Snapdragons Centre in Strood

A multi-million pound project to create a new children and young people’s health and wellbeing centre reached its latest milestone this week as the building was handed over to the NHS by developers. Owner NHS Property Services was given the keys to the new Child Development Centre on the site of the former Temple School, Strood, in Medway on Monday, 14 August. The project, which involved completely transforming the interior…

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Update on work to clear Weybridge hospital site

NHS Property Services is responsible for arranging the clear-up of the Weybridge hospital site and we wanted to let you know the next steps in our plans. We have now engaged a specialist demolition and salvage company, John Stacey and Sons Ltd, to sort through and remove the debris, while recovering any salvageable items that remain. Any items found will either be recycled, securely destroyed, or returned to the appropriate…

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Planning consent secured for former hospital site in Hornchurch

NHS Property Services has successfully secured planning consent on appeal for 290 much needed new homes on the former St George’s hospital site in Hornchurch. The consent includes the provision of 15% affordable housing. The site has been declared surplus and is no longer being used for health services. NHS Property Services is in the process of disposing of the property in order to generate valuable funds to reinvest in…

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Weybridge Health Centre fire update

An update from the Chief Operating Officer of NHS Property Services following the overnight fire at Weybridge Health Centre, Surrey. Martin Steele, Chief Operating Officer of NHS Property Services, which owns the health centre, said: “We are grateful to the emergency services for their swift response to this fire, and our local teams who were onsite in the early hours of this morning. “We are assisting Surrey Fire and Rescue and…

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Fire safety update from NHS Property Services

A fire safety update from Charles Siddons, Interim Chief Operating Officer of NHS Property Services “I would like to assure all our customers that we are taking swift action to check fire safety in our buildings following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. “Safety in our buildings is always our first priority. We have a team of fire safety professionals who work alongside Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, our…

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New system to protect parking for patients at Townlands Memorial Hospital

A free new parking management system is being brought in at Townlands Memorial Hospital to reduce inappropriate use of the car park and maintain free access for patients, staff and visitors. The new system uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, which aims to ensure parking spaces are protected for patients and staff accessing health services on the site. Easy to use, the system only requires patients and visitors to…

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Lord-Lieutenant officially opens £10m hospital in Oxfordshire

The new Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley-on-Thames was officially opened in a ceremony yesterday (28 March) by Tim Stevenson OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Welcoming some 45 guests to the hospital, he unveiled a plaque commemorating the opening, saying: “This is the first time I’ve had the privilege of opening a hospital and what an extraordinarily impressive facility it is. That it’s here at all, and that it is…

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Security measures to protect hospital and war memorial

A range of security measures have been put in place to protect the vacant Market Harborough District Hospital and its listed war memorial. Clinical services have now moved out of the hospital, in Coventry Road, after the opening of the nearby £7.5 million St Luke’s Treatment Centre on the site of St Luke’s Hospital, on Leicester Road. The former hospital site, which is owned by NHS Property Services, has been…

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