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Major redevelopment of Guisborough Hospital site announced

by Chris Cunniff

NHS Property Services and the South Tees health economy have confirmed the £4 million redevelopment of a new primary care centre on the Guisborough Primary Care Hospital site.

The former Priory ward building will be completely redeveloped as part of the plans, with the current building stripped to its shell and completely rebuilt to provide a modern, health care environment for local people.

Existing community and outpatient clinics will continue to be provided in the new-look centre, while additional space will be created for more services to be provided from the site in the future.

As part of a formal public consultation in 2014, NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and purchasing the majority of health services on behalf of local people, pledged that the hospital site would be developed.

The CCG has worked closely with NHS Property Services and provider trusts such as South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to develop plans for the site in the last two years.

The development is in line with the CCG’s Integrated Management and Proactive Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly (IMProVE) programme, will further enhance the level of care being provided for patients in or as close to their own homes as possible.

The £4 million development will be funded in the most part by NHS Property Services, who will also own the building. The Chaloner Building, also owned by NHS Property Services, will be sold as part of the redevelopment of the site as it has been declared surplus to local NHS requirements.

Peter Todd, Principal Construction Manager at NHS Property Services, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with South Tees CCG to continue the implementation of the CCG’s IMPRoVE Programme and provide the local community with more choice and care closer to home.

“The modifications to Guisborough Hospital will improve the quality of the patient environment and their experience; ensure modern, fit for purpose premises. and deliver real efficiency savings for the local health economy.

“It’s an exciting time and we look forward to sharing more information with the local community, as the programme of work continues.”

The Guisborough project is also in line with the recently published national Sustainability Transformation Plans (STPs), which focus on providing more care in local communities or in patients’ homes, supported by GPs, NHS community services, and with the NHS working together with social care and the voluntary sector.

Work is expected to begin on the site in October 2017 and be completed by October 2018. Some services will temporarily move to the day hospital building while building work is carried out.

The CCG will work closely with provider organisations such as South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that disruption for patients will be kept to a minimum.

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of the CCG said: “This is fantastic news for Guisborough and the local area and reaffirms our commitment to provide health services as close to home as possible, in keeping with our IMProVE programme from 2014.

“We are looking forward to working with NHS Property Services, our partner trusts and the construction companies to provide a first class health facility for Guisborough.”

Kevin Oxley, Director of Estates, Facilities and Capital Planning at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “This major new development will provide a fantastic modern, purpose-built facility for patients and staff, housing existing community and outpatient services while also giving us the opportunity to provide additional services in Guisborough in the future.”

The draft STP and further information about the IMProVE programme is available on the CCG website – www.southteesccg.nhs.uk. Further information is also available on the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website – https://www.southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/guisborough/