Works to improve and upgrade community hospital in Clevedon start

by Chris Cunniff

Works of over £400k are now underway to upgrade the Inpatient Ward at Clevedon Community Hospital in North Somerset

The hospital, in Old Street, Clevedon, temporarily closed in March to carry out essential improvement works identified following a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in 2014. NHS Property Services have now completed a full review of the work required and all partners are pleased to announce that work has commenced on site.

Julian Alexander, Senior Construction Manager at NHS Property Services said: “We are delighted that works to improve the inpatient facilities have commenced and are progressing well.

“The improvement works will ensure the building meets the necessary safety and legislative requirements for patients and staff.

“We look forward to sharing more information with the local community, as the programme of work continues.”

The total project cost will see £417,000 invested in upgrading the hospital, with works focussed mainly on replacing the hospital flooring, undertaking high priority maintenance and addressing fire remedial works. There’ll also be improvements made to the internal decoration to create a welcoming environment for patients.

Judith Brown, Chief Executive, NSCP, said: “The community hospital is a vital asset for Clevedon and the whole of North Somerset, so we are delighted that work is now underway.”

Jacqui Chidgey-Clark, Director of Nursing and Quality, North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are delighted work on Clevedon Community Hospital site is commencing and look forward to seeing the improvement works progress over the coming months.

“The health and wellbeing of the population of North Somerset is a priority for the CCG and we are working closely with NSCP and NHS Property Services to ensure the work is undertaken as quickly and efficiently as possible, and to the highest standard.”

This work only affects the inpatients department and is targeting a completion date of February 2017. All outpatient clinics, x-ray and the Minor Injury Unit will remain open for business as usual.