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Funding of £8.58m has just been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care for a brand new health hub on part of Bakewell's Newholme Hospital site.



Multi-million pound funding announced for brand new health hub on part of Newholme Hospital site

by Amber Valley Info on Thursday 13 December 2018

Funding of £8.58m has just been awarded by the Department of Health and Social Care for a brand new health hub on part of Bakewell’s Newholme Hospital site.

It follows a bid for funding submitted by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust which is leading on proposals to create an “integrated community hub” on the site as a base for a range of community health services for people in and around Bakewell.

The funding has been secured under the government’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership drive to transform health and social care for local communities.

Project lead William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is absolutely brilliant news. We have been busy in anticipation of getting the funding, so that we are already making good progress in terms of working closely with our partners in planning how best to deliver the scheme.”

The business case was approved by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust’s board on 29 November and partner organisations are in agreement to pursue the scheme jointly.

It will enable a range of community health services to be accommodated in purpose-designed facilities on a strip of land at the edge of the current Newholme Hospital site, incorporating the area known as Riverside Ward.

The capital cost of the scheme is £8.58m, phased over three years from 2019 up to 2021, with scheduled completion in the winter of 2020/21.

The 19th century Newholme Hospital building is already earmarked for closure as not suitable for the delivery of modern healthcare, as agreed in the Better Care Closer to Home consultation led by NHS commissioners last year.

The whole Newholme Hospital site is owned by NHS Property Services who are closely involved and supportive of the scheme, which will see the proposed health hub area sold back to Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust to enable the new, smaller footprint of the integrated health hub to go ahead. NHS Property Services will then dispose of the site once the new hub is completed and all services moved into the new accommodation.

William Jones added: “We are delighted to be able to continue a long tradition of providing healthcare on this site for people in and around Bakewell, while also ensuring services meet modern standards of care, fit for the 21st century.”

The next stage in the process is to continue discussing planning considerations with the local planning authorities.

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