New health campus gets £90,000 equipment

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THOUSANDS of pounds has been donated to buy various equipment for a new health centre.

The League of Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, has put forward £90,000 in support of the new £18.6m community health campus.

The centre is due to open on December 12, on the former St Mary’s Hospital site, in Milton.

David Frost, deputy chairman of the Friend’s group, said: ‘Everyone recognises the NHS – like all public sector organisations – is under tremendous financial pressure, so we are delighted this new campus represents a major new investment in health services in Portsmouth.

‘It also ensures a continued significant health resource in Portsea island on a site, which has housed a major hospital for generations, so we are really pleased any financial contribution we make is further enhancing facilities for patients, service-users and the visitors who come here.’

Previously money raised by the group has been spend on furniture, a care ward and relocating memorial glass.

The Department of Health has invested £17.1m to build the new campus – with NHS Portsmouth putting in the remaining £1.5m.

A number of public open days are being held at the campus from Monday, November 28, to Friday, December 2, for people to take a look at the new services being offered.

For more details on the campus, go to portsmouth.nhs.uk and click on the Your Health section.