NHS calms fears Clevedon’s hospital could close and houses built on site
PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 October 2018
Health bosses have dismissed concerns over the future of Clevedon’s hospital after documents suggested it could be closed and redeveloped for housing.
North Somerset Council papers reveal North Somerset Community Hospital has been brought forward by its owner, NHS Property Services, as a possible location for 16 homes in the next two decades.
The council is looking for locations to build tens of thousands of homes by 2036, and conducted a call for sites exercise asking land owners to bring forward development ideas.
The hospital, in Old Street, is managed by North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP), which recently conducted a £400,000 refurbishment.
But NHSPS has told the Times it has no intention of selling the hospital to developers unless it is deemed redundant by the NHS.
A spokesman said: “NHSPS never sells any NHS land or building unless it has been declared surplus to NHS requirements by our health commissioning colleagues.
“It is the duty of local authorities and health planners to consider future requirements of the local population and in this exercise, we advised the council correctly if the site were ever to be declared surplus in the future, it would be our role to sell it.”
NSCP has assured patients that a hospital will remain in Clevedon for the ‘foreseeable future’.
Communications manager Ed Keating added: “As far as we are aware, no-one has any plans to close the community hospital.
“NSCP is commissioned to provide many different services to the community of North Somerset. A number of them, such as the minor injury unit as well as inpatient rehabilitation services are provided at the community hospital site in Clevedon.
“Before the site could be sold, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which decides what healthcare needs to be delivered in North Somerset, would need to deem the site surplus to requirements.
“As far as we are aware the CCG has not done this, so the hospital will continue to run as normal.
“The building has benefitted from more than £400,000 of investment to refurbish and equip the hospital to a very high standard to enable us to provide the best possible care to the people of North Somerset for years to come.”