June 14, 2008

Refit Will Create New Hospital for Port


Work has started on a pounds1.1million scheme to develop a new community hospital in Brixham.

But plans to replace the outdated Victorian hospital in the port have had to go back to the drawing board after Torbay Care Trust missed out on a pounds9.3million grant from the Department of Health.

A spokesman for the trust said the failed bid was a 'disappointment' but that the trust remained 'absolutely committed' to improving and developing health and social care in the town.

Meanwhile, work is now underway at the former Briseham Unit in Penn Meadows, near the existing Victorian hospital, on a total refit, to transform it into a 20-bed unit.

The work, being carried out by Coyde Construction, is expected to finish by mid-September.

A new business plan for the replacement hospital will now be drawn up, and this will be submitted to Department of Health via the strategic health authority in an effort to secure the pounds9million price tag.

The Torbay Care Trust spokesman said: "Although we were unsuccessful in our initial funding bid, we remain absolutely committed to delivering our vision for improving and developing health and social care in Brixham and are continuing to actively explore funding options.

"This vision is to provide as comprehensive a range of services in the community as possible, within easy access of local people, minimising the need for people to attend Torbay Hospital to receive care."

Julie Hickey, general manager for health and social care in Brixham, said: "We are all very pleased to see this exciting work get underway.

"This new hospital will mean we can provide care in purpose- developed surroundings, which are safer and more comfortable than those of our previous hospital."

The funds have been met through a combination of capital investment from the trust and funding from the league of friends, which has already donated pounds55,000 to the project.

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