Three more community hospitals18th June 2008
Three new community hospitals are to be built under the biggest health building plan in the history of the NHS.
The schemes in the south east have a total capital value of £76.3 million. Just over £23m of that will come from the community hospital and services fund.
The projects are the Finchley Community Hospital (receiving £9.9m towards a £48.7m scheme), Eltham and Mottingham Community Hospital (£4.6m towards a £14.6m scheme) and King’s Avenue (Ashford) Community Hospital (receiving £9m towards a £13m scheme).
The three schemes were announced by health minister Ben Bradshaw and bring to 27 the number of schemes so far that have been approved through the community hospitals and services programme. Together they have a total value of £382.7million.
Mr Bradshaw said: “The public have repeatedly told us that accessible and convenient primary care is a priority for them. Which is why we are not just building like for like replacements of existing buildings, we are re-thinking the way the NHS provides care so that patients receive better, more convenient services.
“A modern NHS needs a significant amount of care provided in the community, closer to people’s homes. This suits people’s daily live and will help many patients maintain their independence.��?
He said that changes in medical technology meant more treatment can be provided for patients in a community hospital and the new hospitals would be part of measures already under way including the additional 150 GP-led health centres in each primary care trust area around the country.
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Title: Three more community hospitals
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 7178
Date Added: 18th Jun 2008