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Former hospital site sold to generate funds for reinvestment in the NHS

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of a former hospital in Wiltshire for £2.475million. The former Westbury Hospital, off The Butts, ceased operation following the opening of the nearby White Horse Medical Centre, and has been sold to Wiltshire-based SME housebuilder Backhouse. The site was declared surplus to the needs of the NHS and the role of NHS Property Services (NHSPS) was to dispose of the property to generate…

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Fire safety improvement works at Devon hospital

Inpatients at a Devon community hospital are being temporarily relocated to another ward on the site while building owner NHS Property Services invests in fire safety improvements. Beds on Doris Heard Ward at Exmouth Hospital are being moved to the vacant Geoffrey Willoughby Ward while a £50,000 project to safely remove asbestos and improve fire resistance takes place. A deep clean and air testing will also take place. The works,…

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Innovative health hub opens in NHS Property Services building

An innovative community-led health project was launched in an NHS Property Services building in Devon this month. More than 400 visitors attended the opening celebration of Budleigh Hub, in Budleigh Salterton, to take a tour around the facility, participate in one of the many activities on offer, speak to representatives of the services provided there, and sample tasty treats at cooking demonstrations. This partnership project has been developed between Westbank…

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Patients asked to help design new parking system at health centre

Patient and community representatives will be invited to help design a new parking system at Aldershot Centre for Health to improve the experience for visitors. NHS Property Services (NHSPS), which is responsible for managing the car park, has ended its local contract with Smart Parking, which currently provides a camera-based parking system at the facility. The current system will remain in place for a maximum of 90 days while a…

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Patients benefit from £500,000 hospital car park upgrade

Patients are benefiting from a £500,000 upgrade to the car park at Sevenoaks Hospital in Kent, which has been completed by NHS Property Services. The scheme was needed to address the poor condition of the surface, which was beyond its designed life span, and provided an opportunity to improve the layout to make it safer for users. As owner of the site, NHS Property Services worked closely with the main…

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Vacant land to be marketed to raise funds for reinvestment in the NHS

A vacant former health site in Kent is being marketed to raise funds for the NHS and allow new homes to be built. The former site of the temporary walk-in centre on Canterbury Street, Gillingham, has been empty since clinical services were relocated to a permanent building at Balmoral Gardens Community healthy Living Centre in August 2016. Marketing has now begun to secure a buyer for the 0.28 hectare site…

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NHS Property Services sells Southwold Hospital to local community group

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of the former Southwold Hospital to a local community group, Southwold and Waveney Regeneration Society Limited. The group is being supported in the purchase by Hastoe Housing Association. The former cottage hospital was deemed surplus to requirements in April 2016 with services being reconfigured and re-provided locally.  Southwold and Waveney Regeneration Society Limited have purchased the building for £935,000. Planning permission has been…

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Sale of former hospital in Lancashire raises vital funds for NHS

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of the former Clitheroe Hospital in Lancashire. The agreed purchase price, after deductions for contributions for affordable housing, additional secondary school places at Clitheroe Grammar School and other community benefits, was in excess of £2million. The site, in Chatburn Road, was vacated following the opening of the adjacent £7.8million Clitheroe Community Hospital in May 2014. The site has been sold to McDermott Homes so…

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Sale of empty office building set to provide new starter homes and raises millions of pounds for reinvestment in the NHS

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of a former NHS office building in Essex for £5.3 million. The former Strategic Health Authority offices at Collingwood Road, Witham, which were vacated in October 2017, have been sold to developers Inspired Homes and Equinox Living who intend to transform the site into 98 one and two-bedroom apartments for first-time buyers. The site was deemed surplus to the needs of the NHS…

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Sale of former London nursing home site to create new homes and £8m in investment for the NHS

NHS Property Services has completed the sale of the former St Olave’s House Nursing Home in Rotherhithe, to Peabody, one of London’s oldest and largest housing associations, for in excess of £8million. All funds generated from the sale will be directly reinvested in the NHS estate. The 0.3-hectare site currently features two vacant buildings – the former nursing home and a temporary building for a former ambulance centre. The site,…

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