The local NHS has confirmed the £4 million redevelopment of a new primary care centre on the Guisborough 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 redeveloped.
The CCG originally proposed the development of the Chaloner building, but following feedback from patients and stakeholders about access to the building via a steep hill, car parking, and its layout other options were considered. These included a complete new build on the site, and development of the Priory block. The Priory block redevelopment was chosen as the preferred option as it is much easier for patients to access, and would save over £1 million compared to a new build option.
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, which has enhanced the level of care being provided for patients in or as close to their own homes as possible.
As part of the IMProVE programme, the CCG developed proposals to:
- Improve stroke services;
- Make better use of community buildings;
- Deliver more care in community venues and patients’ homes, (rapid response teams, improved therapy support and more out-patient and day treatments delivered in community hospitals);
- Change the way that minor injury services are delivered by consolidating existing services at Redcar Primary Care Hospital;
- Re-develop Guisborough Primary Care Hospital site.
The £4 million redevelopment 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, currently provides a base for administrative staff. This building will be sold as part of the redevelopment of the site as it has been declared surplus to local NHS requirements.
Administrative staff will move from the Chaloner and Ashwood buildings to Langbaurgh House in the town and Coatham Road in Redcar. Patients will also have the choice to access some services at Coatham Road as part of the redevelopment, utilising a building that has stood empty for two years.
The Guisborough project is also in line with the recently published national Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP), which focuses 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. The draft STP is available to view on the CCG website – www.southteesccg.nhs.uk.
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 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.
The following services will continue to be provided from the health centre following the major redevelopment:
- Community dental
- Occupational therapy
- Sexual health
- Mental health services for older people
- Musculoskeletal services
- General surgery
- Elderly care
- Outpatient services (including Colorectal, Orthopaedic, Diabetes, Dietetic, Plastics, Surgery, Rheumatology, Audiology and Retinal screening.)
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.”
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.”