Plans to transform facilities at Bassetlaw Hospital have moved a step closer as health chiefs sign funding agreements to the value of £3.8m.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Bassetlaw Hospital, will use the funding from the Department of Health to relocate and modernise a number of key services including diabetes outpatients, and training and education.
Currently these services occupy lower quality accommodation at the south side of Bassetlaw Hospital site near to the Kilton Road entrance.
These ambitious plans are set to significantly improve the hospital environment for staff and patients alike by integrating these services into the main hospital buildings and creating new purpose-built accommodation with state-of-the-art energy efficient and environmentally friendly features.
In addition to this the Trust is also proposing the sale of this spare NHS land, in part to fund these new developments.
Mike Pinkerton, chief executive for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said: “This is great news for patients and staff and demonstrates our continued commitment to invest in Bassetlaw Hospital.”
“Signing these agreements brings us closer to delivering our ambitions for the hospital to bring its services into modern, purpose designed accommodation.”
John Mann MP tcongratulated NHS staff and local campaigners on the plans.
Said Mr Mann: “I welcome the development of Bassetlaw Hospital which will provide excellent improvements for local people.”
“I have long been pushing for more single rooms because they are the preferred option for families and help to isolate contagious diseases.”
“The announcement that the Diana Princess of Wales Breastcare Unit will be completed is also great news and is thanks to the hard work of the Bassetlaw Breastcare Appeal, of which I am a proud patron.”
“I am calling on the Government to provide money for a new model of intermediate care to be pioneered in Bassetlaw.”
“This would allow people to move out of hospital wards much quicker whilst still retaining access to the best possible care,” he added.