NHS Trust says Havant hospital nurses will be offered new jobs

112071-8448 HAVANT HOSPITAL PROTEST (JT) MRW 8/6/2011''Residents from Havant at The Havant War Memorial Hospital at Cross Way Havant are asking for it not to be closed ''An ambulance at the hospital''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112071-8448)
112071-8448 HAVANT HOSPITAL PROTEST (JT) MRW 8/6/2011''Residents from Havant at The Havant War Memorial Hospital at Cross Way Havant are asking for it not to be closed ''An ambulance at the hospital''Picture: Malcolm Wells (112071-8448)

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STAFF at Havant’s doomed War Memorial Hospital will be redeployed wherever possible, say health officials.

The 82-year-old hospital, which provided 21 rehabilitation beds for the elderly, will shut for good at the end of this week.

Southern Health, which employs the 26 nursing staff, has said all employees will be offered redeployment.

Melanie Poulter, associate locality manager for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘The hospital’s closure is scheduled for the end of the month and staff are at risk but they are being fully supported through a redeployment process with help from HR.

‘Staff are being given access to opportunities that are arising within the trust and are being given options for redeployment where possible.

‘Staff are also being given the option to shadow colleagues in other roles to see if they would be interested in pursuing a new or different career path within the trust.’

She added: ‘We take very seriously our obligation to support staff at risk and we are working with them to explore options for their futures.’

The hospital site, in Cross Way, is set to go on the market in the coming weeks and its sale will help pay for the new Oak Park Community Clinic in Havant.

As reported, a campaign is under way to save the hospital’s historic tiles.