Hospital improvement is CCG's main focus
PUBLISHED: 10:58 12 July 2015
Improving the existing hospital in Clevedon is the priority of North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The Times revealed last month Alliance Homes had held initial talks over building a new hospital, pleasing campaigners who have rallied for a new health facility for years.
However funding for the project has been hard to find and the housing firm says it has not found ‘adequate grant funding’ to push ahead further with plans since those talks earlier in the year. It had discussed with NHS bodies about building a new community hospital in Clevedon, along with 60-65 care houses, at Millcross – the site where plans for a new facility were in place before being dropped in 2012.
A CCG spokesman said its focus remains on the hospital in Old Street, despite those initial talks having taken place between Alliance Homes and NHS Property Services.
She said: “The existing community hospital is split between an older inpatient wing of 18 beds, and a more modern minor injuries unit and outpatient services and services are currently provided from the site by North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP).
“NSCP continues to work to improve these inpatient facilities and as a result significant improvements to the existing community hospital building will be taking place in the coming months.”
Clevedon Hospital Action Team, following recommendations by the National Association of Community Hospitals, however believes a new centre should still be built.