Hospital plans for outpatients department

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FUTURE plans for the Scarborough Hospital site have been revealed – including the possibility of a new outpatients department.

A presentation on the plans was given at a recent trust board meeting at the hospital by facilities director James Hayward.

He explained that the trust needs to invest £2-3 million across the Scarborough and Bridlington Hospital sites per year for the next five years in order to eliminate a serious backlog of maintenance issues.

The figure for backlog maintenance at Scarborough alone currently stands at £15.2 million.

However, Mr Hayward stressed that despite this the trust is still keen to make improvements and developments to the site.

He said: “We need to group services together to improve patient experience and support the patient safety agenda.

“We are looking at the possible demolition of buildings and opening up the estate.”

Mr Hayward said one of the main plans is to create a new outpatients department, which would be to the left of the main entrance as patients approach the building.

To finance this the trust has made a bid to the Strategic Health Authority for £4 million capital funding for 2010/11.

Trust board chairman Sir Michael Carlisle said they have had an indication that funding may be forthcoming.

He added: “It’s very important as this trust has been starved of access to capital for a very long time.

“It’s absolutely fundamental that this £4 million bid is successful.”

Mr Hayward added: “We are facing significant capital challenges in the next financial year and we will need to make some very difficult decisions.

“The key to this project is getting the funding from the Strategic Health Authority.”

Finance director Bernard Chalk agreed, saying: “We need to move from words to numbers and demonstrate the cost benefits to them.”

Sir Michael added: “It’s absolutely disgraceful that a third of this estate is pre-NHS.

“In my NHS life I’ve seen too many people dreaming unrealistic dreams. I want this to be well argued so we can fight it with conviction and a realistic chance of getting there.”