Posted: May 9 2016
David Law, Chief Executive of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Plans to purchase The Stewarts on the Harpenden Memorial Hospital off Carlton Street, have been announced. The building is currently home to an in-patient unit run by the local mental health trust.
It will see a major redevelopment of the building, providing a range of clinical and therapy rooms for children and adults health services.
David Law, Chief Executive of HCT, said: “Our communities deserve the best level of healthcare, provided in modern, clean and safe surroundings. Today’s announcement builds on our pledge to make this a reality for our patients in Harpenden.”
Among the services proposed to be offered from The Stewarts Adult Services:
HCT also wants to continue arrangements that are already in place with the Luton and Dunstable West Herts and Lister Hospitals for services such as blood clinics, ophthalmology and plastic surgery clinics. Other possible services that could be provided in the new building include physiotherapy and hospital diagnostic services, such as X-rays.
“As a community NHS trust we are committed to ensuring we support local people, not just when they need health interventions, but to help them stay healthy and lead happy lives regardless of their age”, David said.
“I’m delighted to announce that local charities and support groups will benefit from having use of some of the new building. It could be used for weight management sessions, yoga classes and support groups, all of which will address a wellbeing agenda.”
The Trust will fund the redevelopment of The Stewarts through the sale of the rest of the site, including the building locally referred to as the Red House. The Trust's managers are currently having talks with local health services, including the neighbouring GP practice, about how car parking will also be improved on the site.
If everything goes to plan, building work will start in 2018 and are likely to take a year, with the new facility opening in Spring 2019.
The proposal supports the work of the Your Care, Your Future programme – a partnership of local NHS organisations in West Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council and patients - set up to consider the health and social care needs of the population now and for future years.
David added: “The next two years provides us with a fantastic opportunity to work with local people to ensure they have the services they need for the future and to support the community’s wellbeing and issues such as social isolation.”
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