Demolition work could soon begin at Stamford Hospital

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Unused parts of the Stamford Hospital site could be demolished this autumn as part of a major redevelopment plan.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust is six months into a £3.8m project to revamp Stamford Hospital in Ryhall Road.

Acting chief executive Caroline Walker gave a presentation on the work to Lincolnshire County Council’s health scrutiny committee. She said the focus of the last six months was emptying parts of the site that the trust did not intend to use.

This included the west end of the site from Ancaster and Exeter wards up to and including where the façade of the original hospital stands.

The only remaining patient-facing service in the west end would be the pain management centre, which Mrs Walker said was a “key part” of the redevelopment.

Once the unused buildings are emptied the trust will be able to decide whether to knock them down or make them ready for sale.

Part of the redevelopment plan was to create a “health campus” and up to 60 per cent of the hospital site could be put towards that. The trust wants to consolidate its own services in a more efficient way.

Mrs Walker said any demolition work could begin in the autumn. She explained this would also give immediate savings on business rates, lighting and so on.

Alongside the trust’s services the Stamford Hospital site also hosts a number of outside tenants, such as the Evergreen Care Trust.

Mrs Walker told the scrutiny committee that all tenants had been briefed about the redevelopment and meetings were held on a regular basis.

She said some had expressed an interest in moving to smaller buildings sooner than the redevelopment would require, which would help the trust.

Mrs Walker also outlined updates to the new clinical strategy that the trust hoped to put in place at Stamford Hospital.

Once the redevelopment is complete some extra services could be introduced. Among the options being considered, according to Mrs Walker, were multidisciplinary long term condition clinics.

For example, a diabetic clinic could involve a dietitian, a podiatrist, an ophthalmologist, a GP with special interest and a consultant.

This would mean patients could access all the services they needed in Stamford.

More inpatient beds could be provided, additional renal capacity could be created and MRI scans could be offered.

Mrs Walker said these developments would all increase the number of patients using the hospital.

Following the meeting, she added: “It was a very positive meeting and I think the committee was pleased to hear that progress is being made.

“We shared with them the work we are undertaking with our commissioners to refresh our clinical strategy for the hospital. This is due to go to the trust board of directors for approval in October.”

The next steps for the trust include working with lawyers to get a full and comprehensive understanding of the site and any restrictions and obligations the trust may have regarding it.

The trust is also working with health commissioners to agree on which services should be delivered under the new clinical strategy, and working with diagnostic and renal services to produce full options appraisals on the requirements and finances of creating additional capacity.

And it is revisiting all financial assumptions and modelling to produce an updated financial case to go in front of the trust board in October.