Equipment left at Haslar hospital is ‘not worth scrap’

NO MORE SERVICE The Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport was closed down in 2009

NO MORE SERVICE The Royal Hospital Haslar in Gosport was closed down in 2009

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OWNERS of the former Royal Hospital Haslar site have said medical kit left behind cannot be used or even given away because of its age.

The comments from bosses at Our Enterprise come as the regeneration firm and the Ministry of Defence have come under criticism after kitted-out operating theatres and scanners have been discovered at Haslar, Gosport.

Two CT scanners, four operating theatres and X-ray machines are still inside Block D of the former military hospital’s main building.

The revelation comes after a photographer broke into the site and snapped the kit.

Gosport councillor Peter Edgar was the spokesman for the Save Haslar Task Force, which led a 10-year campaign before the 250-year-old hospital was closed and sold in 2009.

Cllr Edgar is also on the council of governors at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

He said: ‘Equipment has moved on at an alarming rate, it’s probably likely there’s little of value.

‘But what is particularly tragic is the place was mothballed thinking it would be brought into use quite quickly for healthcare. Some of that equipment probably could have been used in the years immediately after the closure, updated and maintained.

‘The whole thing is a sad indictment of what has happened since it closed.’

Matthew Bell, of Our Enterprise, said he spent two months going through old medical kit for charities.

Part of it was taken by Queen Alexandra Hospital ahead of the £3m sale of Haslar in 2009.

Mr Bell said some equipment was donated to the Pakistan Floods Appeal in 2010.

‘Everything that was of real value or of use was taken to QA long before we turned up on the scene,’ he said.

‘The (MoD and NHS) were very diligent on that front.

‘The stuff that is left is intrinsically built into the fabric of the hospital.’

He added the remaining kit is not even worth selling as scrap and would be moved when work starts at the site.

As reported, the firm is now discussing submitted plans with the council over what to do with the site.

An MoD spokeswoman said it had not abandoned medical equipment.

She said: ‘We sold the building and all its contents to a private company, thereby safeguarding tax payers’ money.’

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