PICTURE GALLERY: New hospital designs unveiled
HEALTH bosses have submitted plans for the new £4m hospital development in Harborough.
The East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) confirmed its blueprints on Friday for the new site at St Luke’s in Leicester Road.
The planning application, submitted to Harborough District Council, shows proposals for a three-storey building situated in front of the present hospital, with the two buildings linked via a corridor.
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It will house consultancy and treatment rooms as well as offices.
Services offered at the new combined hospital will include a GP practice, minor injuries unit, phlebotomy (bloods), radiology, physiotherapy, audiology (hearing) services, mental health and out-patients department, and bases for community nursing and patient transport.
The new development will see improved services for patients and significant benefits to local healthcare, the trust said in a statement, with the provision of a variety of services on one site in town.
Dr Dave Briggs, the trust’s managing director, said: “The project is moving forwards according to plan and submitting the planning application is an important step for the ELR CCG.
“We are on track to open the unit in 2014. This will bring all health care services for Market Harborough and the surrounding area together on one site.”
The ELR CCG has now placed an order with a conservation architect to draw up plans for the re-siting of the War Memorial, which currently resides at the Cottage Hospital in Coventry Road. The memorial will move to either the Memorial Gardens or the St Luke’s site but the trust said it is still committed to seeking the opinion of the people of Harborough before making a decision.
Due to the additional work involved in researching the feasibility of the two options, it is likely this public consultation will now take place in the New Year.
Health campaigner Cllr Phil Knowles said: “The design and space seems to demonstrate the provision of a good quality, well spaced and well accessed building.
“The second and important part that we need to know is quite what services will be provided at this flag ship development. Will they reflect the aspirations of the community? Will they provide more? We wait to see.”
The trust has previously said the hospital will be re-named, with people consulted over what they would like to see it called.
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