Havant health facilities finally here after a long wait

How the new Oak Park campus will look
How the new Oak Park campus will look

From broken bones to new beginnings

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A MULTImillion-pound health complex that will transform care for older people is finally to become a reality.

Hampshire County Council is pumping £4.75m into the project, with millions more set to come from developers, to build the Oak Park Health and Well-Being Campus, off Lavant Drive, Havant.

The development promises to offer 80 nursing beds – some of which will be NHS and will mean that older people who need extra medical support will not have to stay in hospital.

There will also be 101 extra-care units – providing accommodation for elderly people who want to stay independent, but need the support of health professionals nearby.

At the heart of the campus will be gardens for the residents, a restaurant open to all, and a communal hub with facilities such as a gym, hairdressers, podiatrist, district nurse and shops.

It will be the first purpose-built development of its kind in Hampshire.

The development will be used by people across Havant, Waterlooville and East Hampshire and is a milestone for campaigners.

Four years ago the £38m Oak Park Hospital plan fell through after people had waited for decades for better health facilities in Havant.

The new Oak Park Community Clinic, combined with the health campus opposite, will go a long way to providing the facilities originally mooted.

Jackie Bampton, from Havant Over-50s Forum, said: ‘There’s not enough places for older people.

‘This is absolutely brilliant. It’s desperately needed.

‘There’s so many older people who don’t want to stay in hospital and if they could have somewhere to go like this, it’s wonderful.

‘It’s a bit of good news – something good for Havant.’

Havant has the second largest proportion of Hampshire’s over-65 population and this is expected to rise by 17 per cent by 2020 – from 26,500 to 31,000 people.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who heads adults services in Hampshire and represents Leigh Park and Bedhampton, said: ‘It’s been a dream of mine to see this come to fruition. Finally it’s happening, which is wonderful.’

She added: ‘It’s the future for older people to remain living longer in their houses and having their own front door, but also having care on hand 24 hours a day.’

A public exhibition will take place at Havant Meeting Place, in Elm Lane, from 3pm to 7.30pm on Monday.