We are pleased to announce the plans for a new hospital in Hythe have gained momentum. A new hospital in Hythe will replace the existing site which was first built over a hundred years ago.
West Hampshire CCG can today confirm:
- We are anticipating that construction of the new hospital will be completed by mid-2018.
- The owners of the current hospital site, NHS Property Services, have appointed Hampshire Local Improvement Finance Trust to develop a business case for the project. Their priority now is to appoint an architect, who will draw up plans for the rebuild of the hospital with the help of local clinicians and patients.
- West Hampshire CCG is working with the Royal British Legion to consider how to retain a war memorial at the site, to commemorate those who lost their lives while serving their country in combat.
Once an architect is appointed this summer and plans are finalised, the business case will be submitted to the West Hampshire CCG Board for final approval.
It is planned that the final business case would be completed by December 2016, enabling construction to commence.
Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:
“We are pleased to see that these plans are moving forward.
“A rebuild of the hospital in Hythe will be able to host local clinics and diagnostics such as x-ray, as well as being flexible enough to offer different services in the future. The NHS is at a crossroads and we are working to make sure we can handle an ageing population and a rising number of people – young and old – living with a long term illnesses, by using new technology and treatments. We also want to do as much as we can to ensure people are treated in their community, instead of travelling long distances. That’s why we need to rebuild the hospital in Hythe.
“Big projects like this do take time, but I am hopeful that a new hospital will be opening its doors in just over two years’ time.”