Former staff will be at health centre opening

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RETIRED and former staff of St Mary’s Hospital have been invited to the official opening of a new £18.6m health facility in Portsmouth.

About one-third of the former hospital in Milton Road, Milton, has been turned into the St Mary’s Community Health Campus.

It opened its doors to patients last December, but will now be officially opened by Dr Jim Hogan, the chief clinical officer for the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

The health campus scheme – which was mostly funded by the Department of Health – mainly involved redeveloping the former maternity and paediatric blocks at St Mary’s.

Its facilities and services include a new outpatients’ department, a midwife-led maternity centre, sexual health services, podiatry, blood tests, speech and language therapy and chronic disease management.

Guests will be given a tour around the campus.

Work on redeveloping the former hospital site started in 2009.

The scheme received £17.1m from the Department of Health, with NHS Portsmouth providing the other £1.5m.

The campus is due to be officially opened on Thursday.