Health trust backs hospital improvement strategy
HEALTH bosses have approved a �27.5 million strategy to maintain and improve hospital and medical buildings across North Devon in the coming years. The board of Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has updated the trust s Estates Strategy, a rolling programme
HEALTH bosses have approved a �27.5 million strategy to maintain and improve hospital and medical buildings across North Devon in the coming years.
The board of Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has updated the trust's Estates Strategy, a rolling programme of development and maintenance.
The aim is to reduce a maintenance backlog of �7,052,000 across all trust buildings, which include the Victorian era Torrington community hospital and the Lynton resource centre, as well as Ilfracombe, Bideford and South Molton community hospitals.
Part of the backlog is down to the need to replace electrical and mechanical infrastructure reaching the end of its economic life.
You may also want to watch:
The plans also include investment in proposed new developments at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
These include ambitions to expand the outpatient department, create a new emergency care hub, develop a women's and paediatric centre and review options to expand day surgery services.
- 1 Speeding driver facing jail after 'web of lies'
- 2 Covid-19 roundup: Devon cases fall but follow lockdown rules
- 3 Chivenor marines among UK troops hit by Norway Covid outbreak
- 4 Busy first day for new Covid-19 vaccination centre at Westward Ho!
- 5 Judge jails 'worst' drink driver he has ever seen
- 6 Work begins on Northam Burrows Visitor Centre refurbishment
- 7 Pictures: North Devon's winter wonderland
- 8 Tributes paid to 'legendary' North Devon vet Brian Crawford
- 9 Two arrested as teenager fights for life after Ilfracombe stabbing
- 10 Some North Devon GP surgeries to provide Covid vaccine clinics
By 2017 the trust also hopes to provide single room facilities to 70 per cent of patients in general wards.
It is also hoped to provide an improved chemotherapy facility, plus review opportunities in radiology to improve the quality of the environment, while investing in a new CT scanner and more patient-focussed ultrasound facilities.
The trust says funding for this would come from its annual capital allocation and the sale of spare land at the northern end of the Barnstaple hospital site.
Also being considered is a scheme to sell off some of the staff accommodation buildings in Barnstaple to pay for a higher standard of purpose built accommodation.
"This new strategy commits the trust to substantially reducing the total backlog maintenance over