£10m project to make Portsmouth hospital into health hub

A MULTIMILLION-POUND pound project to bring more health services to a hospital shows how crucial the site it is.

Thursday, 10th May 2018, 7:25 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 12:41 am
An artist's impression of Block B at St Mary's Hospital

That is the message from Solent NHS Trust after it has revealed plans to refurbish St Mary’s Hospital in Portsmouth.

Thanks to a £10.3m grant from the NHS, Solent can move more of its services to the Milton campus.

Work is due to start in September and be complete about October, 2019.

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An artist's impression of the inside of Block C at St Mary's Hospital

Sue Long, facilities and premises manager, welcomed the investment and start of the Phase Two project.

She said: ‘This is a really exciting time for St Mary’s Hospital. It is a busy site but it is going to get a lot busier.

‘This government investment shows how crucial this site is to the future of healthcare in Portsmouth.

‘It is so important to a lot of people in the city and we hope to turn it into a health hub once more. The future is looking very exciting.’

The plans include moving the older persons mental health community team, physiotherapy department and out-patient therapies from the Turner Centre at St James’ Hospital to St Mary’s Hospital.

They will be in Block B once it is refurbished.

As part of the proposals, the block will be given a new entrance and reception while one of the floors will be an open plan office for staff.

A new state-of-the-art automated pharmacy service will also be based in Block B.

Block C is having a £700,000 makeover to become a learning and development centre and it will eventually be a research centre.

Sue Harriman, chief executive of Solent, said: ‘This welcome £10.3m injection allows us to complete the second phase of our re-development at St Mary’s Hospital.

‘Along with our partners, we have been turning this site into a key health hub for Portsmouth, catering for a wide range of community care and mental health services.’