Guisborough Primary Care Hospital is to benefit from a £60,000 revamp.
The work which will improve the patient environment will include replacing all the antiquated sinks and pipework on the ward block.
Due to the amount of dust, noise and disruption of the water supply to the ward block over the two-and-a-half week period, patients that are currently in Priory Ward – or likely to be there when the work begins on Friday 4 January – will be transferred to other hospitals.
These will be either the Carter Bequest Hospital in Middlesbrough or East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital in Brotton, depending on the patients’ condition and the treatment required.
At the moment, the move would potentially affect seven patients. As part of planning for the works, the ward has already stopped admitting new patients, unless they can be discharged from the hospital before New Year’s Eve when the patients are due to be moved to their new temporary accommodation. The work should be completed during the week starting Monday 21 January.
As there will be disruption to water – and potentially – electricity supply, the urgent care centre at Guisborough will also need to be temporarily closed from 5pm on Friday 4 January until 9am on Monday 21 January.
Anyone who would require to use the urgent care centre could use, as an alternative, the urgent care centre at East Cleveland Primary Care Hospital (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm and weekends and bank holidays 8am-8pm) or the urgent care centre at Redcar Primary Care Hospital (open 24 hours a day).
Other alternatives are:
- the local GP out-of-hours service – 0300 123 1851(Monday to Friday 6.30pm- 8am and anytime weekends and bank holidays)
- the NHS walk-in centre, Skelton – 01287 284246 (7.30am-6.30pm/8pm Monday to Friday) or
- the NHS walk-in centre, Low Grange, Eston – 0300 123 0730 (8am – 8pm)
Some outpatients clinics usually held in the ward block have been rearranged and patients have been notified, but the clinics and services based closer to the Northgate entrance of the hospital, such as x-ray and physiotherapy, are unaffected by the work.
Mandy Headland, divisional manager for community services, said “This investment from NHS Tees will allow us to improve the ward environment for patients, although we do apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause for patients and their families.”