80-bed nursing home and 36-flats to be built in transformation of Christchurch Hospital

Bournemouth Echo: CHANGES: The hospital CHANGES: The hospital

WORK on Christchurch Hospital is moving forward with plans to build a new nursing home and flats on site set to start in early autumn.

An update published by the hospital details the work carried out on the Fairmile site so far and outlines plans for the work still to take place.

The proposals for the multi-million-pound transformation were granted by Christchurch council last year and include the demolition of H Block – a former workhouse infirmary – with plans to include a GP surgery, pharmacy, assisted-living units, a care home and key worker housing.

There was controversy during the planning stage with local historians and conservation experts expressing concern about the loss of the historic workhouse infirmary.

It is expected H block will come down in early autumn, allowing for the 80-bed nursing home and 36 assisted living flats to be built.

This work is due to be finished in around 18 months.

Work to refurbish the outpatients department will start soon and mean a number of services will move to different locations at the hospital.

This will affect phlebotomy and pulmonary rehabilitation with a number of services, including children’s services, the League of Friends counter and dermatology, already affected.

Plans for key worker housing are still being drawn up with detailed plans coming in the next 12 months.

Project managers have met with local historians to put together an information board with historical images for the passing public to see.

Richard Renaut, director of service development, said: “Our plans for the Christchurch Hospital site are exciting and will ensure the hospital remains a key part of the community.

“A significant amount of work so far has been ‘invisible’, such as the replacement of mains services, so it’s great to move on to the next stage and for patients, staff and public to see big changes over the next few months.”

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5:51pm Tue 17 Jun 14

mytown1 says...

This is a private nursing home, private assisted living accommodation by a private developer I do believe on NHS land. What is in it for local residents. All we have is the inconvenience of trying to get parked in a builders yard, paying money out to do so, and then having to wait hours for a blood test in a building site. Cheers Mr Renault you do not care one jot about the patients that have to use this facility. X rays other than minor chest ones are now having to be done at Bournemouth. Extra travelling and expense for local residents yet again.
This is a private nursing home, private assisted living accommodation by a private developer I do believe on NHS land. What is in it for local residents. All we have is the inconvenience of trying to get parked in a builders yard, paying money out to do so, and then having to wait hours for a blood test in a building site. Cheers Mr Renault you do not care one jot about the patients that have to use this facility. X rays other than minor chest ones are now having to be done at Bournemouth. Extra travelling and expense for local residents yet again. mytown1
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8:11am Mon 30 Jun 14

agp1337 says...

mytown1 wrote:
This is a private nursing home, private assisted living accommodation by a private developer I do believe on NHS land. What is in it for local residents. All we have is the inconvenience of trying to get parked in a builders yard, paying money out to do so, and then having to wait hours for a blood test in a building site. Cheers Mr Renault you do not care one jot about the patients that have to use this facility. X rays other than minor chest ones are now having to be done at Bournemouth. Extra travelling and expense for local residents yet again.
I've had quite a number of routine blood tests over several years and have never had to wait more than about 50 minutes. They seem to have a decent, well-staffed system. Let's hope it remains.
[quote][p][bold]mytown1[/bold] wrote: This is a private nursing home, private assisted living accommodation by a private developer I do believe on NHS land. What is in it for local residents. All we have is the inconvenience of trying to get parked in a builders yard, paying money out to do so, and then having to wait hours for a blood test in a building site. Cheers Mr Renault you do not care one jot about the patients that have to use this facility. X rays other than minor chest ones are now having to be done at Bournemouth. Extra travelling and expense for local residents yet again.[/p][/quote]I've had quite a number of routine blood tests over several years and have never had to wait more than about 50 minutes. They seem to have a decent, well-staffed system. Let's hope it remains. agp1337
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