Work to start on £11.9m Whitby Hospital redevelopment
Work is set to begin on a multi-million-pound renovation of Whitby Hospital next week.
The £11.9m redevelopment of the site will start on Monday and includes an extra care facility to complement the hospital’s existing services, a new car parking area, an ambulance bay, facilities for dropping off patients, external pedestrian links, and a plaza to connect the retained hospital tower block.
Vicky Scarborough, deputy director of business development at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, told a meeting of North Yorkshire County Council’s Scrutiny of Health Committee on Friday that during the work it would be a “challenge” for all involved.
She said: “Community-based services will continue to run as normal and there is what is called a ‘decant plan’.
“So in terms of how the development is going to go ahead it is a split site, so there is a front end and back end, so we will decant into the front part of the hospital, the refurbishment work will carry on then we will decant into the back.
“There is a very detailed project plan associated with this and the staff are aware of that as it is going to be quite challenging for them but at least this way we can maintain services for people while the development continues.”
The work will run until next summer.
The project is being led by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and once the revamp is complete, Whitby Hospital will be a place where patients can recover after major operations, allowing families to be closer to their loved ones during their convalescence period.