A new £7.8 million hospital for Market Harborough is set to become one of the town’s “landmark buildings” the architects said this week.
The hospital, off Leicester Road, will “really transform the landscape of this approach to the town centre,” said Paul Gray, associate architect from Pick Everard Architects.
“It will become a landmark building for the area.”
Local people, patients and staff were invited to view plans and architectural drawings of the new health care hub on the St Luke’s site in Market Harborough.
The plans have been on display in the reception areas of both the Leicester Road and Coventry Road hospital sites.
The construction of the building is scheduled to last 57 weeks.
Maria Ward, matron at St Luke’s, said: “From an operational and a clinical perspective this is exciting for us.
“Having the x-ray department on-site will make a huge difference to patients, they will no longer have to be transported from here to the facility at Coventry Road.
“It will save time and money, but more importantly improve the care of the patient.”
Local people will be able to access a wide range of high quality services at the new hospital, including primary care, with community nurses and general practice, outpatient services and diagnostics with the x-ray facility.
Patients will also have direct access to mental health services, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
Beccie O’Neill, deputy ward sister who works in stroke recovery, said: “Having community nurses and GPs based on the same site will give a continuity of care for people when they are discharged.”
Jodi Fern, who also works in the hospital as deputy ward sister, added: “This site was the old workhouse, so for a lot of elderly patients the facilities have negative connotations. A new modern building will transform those sad memories.”
NHS Property Services says the ‘integrated health hub’ will be a world class development, which will modernise and consolidate local health services, to meet the demands of a growing local population.
The project is due for completion in early 2017.