Behind-the-scenes work on a multi-million pound plan to redevelop part of the Stamford Hospital site is well underway.
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust, which runs the facility in Ryhall Road, agreed to push ahead with the £3.8m redevelopment in October.
Since then, the team formed to lead the project has been busy preparing the site.
Matron and site manager at Stamford Hospital Sue Brooks said: “Work has already begun on the redevelopment project. However, much of it is taking place behind the scenes at the moment. This includes mapping the usage of the rooms across the entire site, clearing out unused buildings ready for decommissioning and moving some offices from these areas into the main part of the hospital.
“From our patients’ perspective they will not see many changes at this stage. However we will be keeping them up to date with the progress of this three-year project via a display board in the hospital.”
Plans to redevelop the Stamford Hospital site were first revealed in June 2012. The trust wants to breathe new life into a portion of the site and find a partner from the commercial or charitable sector to run the remainder as part of a “health campus”.
The new clinical strategy includes turning the John Van Geest ward into a nurse-led intermediate care unit. More services would be added to the outpatients department and the minor injuries unit would also be nurse-led. This part of the project is already underway following a successful six-month trial.
Also included on the redeveloped site would be oncology and haematology services; procedure rooms including endoscopy, one stop haematuria clinic, dermatology, gynaecology and pain management; endoscopy, ante-natal services, imaging, expanded therapy and phlebotomy.
The redevelopment was put on hold last year while health watchdog Monitor investigated the trust’s finances. Monitor gave its support to the plan in September.