SCARBOROUGH Hospital could soon be home to a new 28-bed ward, if a planning application is granted.
Bosses have now submitted an application to Scarborough Council’s planning department to add an additional level to Maple Ward, which was completed in 2010 at a cost of £3 million.
The first-floor unit will be similar in construction and layout to Maple Ward, which has seven three-bedded bays alongside seven single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
James Hayward, director of facilities with Scarborough health trust, said: “This is part of our ongoing plan to improve health care facilities for patients in the Scarborough area.
“We’ve made an early application to give us plenty of time to plan the development.”
He said that if the application is successful, building work will hopefully start in spring next year.
Maple Ward will be vacated while the build takes place, so another area will be converted to accommodate those patients in the meantime.
Mr Hayward said: “This area will be converted before Christmas and once the winter period is over, we will be able to vacate Maple and start the construction work.
“We’re hoping the new ward will be open by September or October next year.”
He added: “It’s exciting to be able to make so much progress and continue to improve the environment in which we provide healthcare.”
Mr Hayward explained that the money for the project had come from a £26.7 million boost from the Department of Health, which was announced in March.
Leo McGrory, who is chairman of Scarborough and District Local Involvement Network, said: “This does prove that capital investment is being spent on something productive for patients.
“It shows that Scarborough Hospital is not being pushed into the background.”
He added: “Maple ward has been a huge success, providing much more comfort for patients and plenty of room for staff to work.
“I see this investment as a real move into the 21st century and a huge step forward from the old Nightingale wards.”
The planning application is currently pending consideration, with a determination deadline of July 24.