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Rutland Memorial Hospital in Oakham to be refurbished by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

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Extensive work is set to bring an early 1900s hospital into the 21st Century.

A £1m refurbishment project is set to begin at Rutland Memorial Hospital in Oakham later this month.

There will be significant roof repairs, new electrics, and remodelling to replace disused bathrooms with useful storage space.

Rutland Memorial Hospital
Rutland Memorial Hospital

The boilers will also be replaced, asbestos removed, and some office space turned into space for outpatient treatment while the patient areas will be redecorated.

Rutland MP Alicia Kearns (Con) said it is ‘fantastic’ to see the hospital being invested in.

She added: “These vital works - new outpatient treatment areas and a redesign of patient areas - will transform the experience of patients and future-proof our wonderful hospital that means so much to our community.”

Alicia Kearns at Rutland Memorial Hospital
Alicia Kearns at Rutland Memorial Hospital

Rutland Memorial is one of the oldest hospitals in the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s (LPT) estate. It was built as a memorial to those who died in the First World War and opened in 1925, so pre-dates the NHS by many years.

Due to the nature of the work, the inpatient hospital ward will be temporarily relocated 27 miles away to Loughborough Hospital between August 22 and January next year.

Nikki Beacher, an assistant director for the hospital trust , said: “I am excited about the opportunity this creates to improve the experience for our patients.

“We have decided to relocate the ward while the work is being done due to the disruptive nature of the construction work as the contractors will be generating dust and noise and will need to turn off the power at regular intervals.”

Alicia Kearns at Rutland Memorial Hospital
Alicia Kearns at Rutland Memorial Hospital

The same number of beds will be available at Loughborough Hospital, but where possible the trust hopes to care for Rutland residents nearer in community hospitals in Melton and Market Harborough.

What do you think about the refurbishment? Email: smeditor@stamfordmercury.co.uk

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