Clevedon hospital’s inpatients unit to reopen after £417k revamp
PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 December 2017
Clevedon hospital’s inpatients unit will finally reopen on Thursday after being closed for almost two years.
The Old Street facility, which has been renamed North Somerset Community Hospital, has been shut since March 2016 to undergo refurbishment following a 2014 Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, which criticised aspects of the building including dampness and an uneven floor.
A £417,000 improvement project got underway last year to rectify the CQC’s concerns although most of the work carried out has been behind walls, below floors and above ceilings meaning it is not visible.
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The revamp had originally been planned for completion in February but the discovery of asbestos in the building put work on hold for months. But North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) has achieved its revised target of opening ahead of Christmas to help ease pressure on hospitals during one of the busiest times of year.
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NSCP director of operations Sara Harding said: “We are pleased to be reopening the inpatient unit at the community hospital ahead of the busy winter period.
“This will allow the unit to play its part in supporting the wider health service in North Somerset and beyond during the busiest time of year for the acute hospitals.
“This has been an important project for NSCP and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen. The League of Friends has provided the Christmas tree for the hospital grounds which is on top of all the support it has given us while inpatients has been closed.”
Principal construction manager for the South West at NHS Property Services, which owns the site, James Wakeham added: “We’re pleased the upgrade is complete and patients will be returning to the ward.
“The investment is part of our work to provide better environments for patient care.”
The number of beds at the hospital has been reduced from 17 to 11, comprising three ambulatory care beds and eight rehabilitation beds.
The NSCP is also looking for staff to join its housekeeping team at the hospital.
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