The NHS in East Lancashire is delighted to announce that approval has been received from NHS bosses to start construction work on the proposed new community hospital in Clitheroe.
Dr. Ian Whyte, local GP and Chair of the Ribblesdale Locality Commissioning Group said: “This is great news and something we have long campaigned for. The new facilities will enable us to commission services for local people closer to home and ensure effective local health services in the Ribble Valley for many years to come. The new community hospital will provide state of the art facilities fit for 21st Century health care and support to GP commissioners in responding to the health needs of local patients”.
Jackie Hadwen, Chief Executive of East Lancashire Building Partnership, added: “Approval of the scheme is a testament to everyone’s hard work across a number of organisations, including (the shadow) East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Ribble Valley Borough Council, NHS East Lancashire and the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.”
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust operate the majority of services at the current hospital. Adele Thornton, Community Hospitals Manager at the Trust, commented: “I am very proud of all the staff at Clitheroe Hospital who have worked really hard to help secure this development. We are looking forward to having the finished hospital ready for patients in 2014”.