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.


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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.

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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

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