Plans for community clinic given green light

Oak Park Community Clinic
Oak Park Community Clinic
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PLANS for a new community clinic have taken a big step forward after the go-ahead was given to the redevelopment.

Work can now begin on transforming Oak Park Children’s Hospital, in Havant, into the Oak Park Community Clinic.

The redevelopment is taking place after NHS Hampshire found it could not afford to build an entirely new hospital for the people of Havant.

Havant Borough Council’s planning committee approved the plans at a meeting on Thursday. Inger Hebden, director of capital planning at NHS Hampshire, said: ‘We developed our plans after lots of discussions with people living in Havant, Waterlooville and the surrounding areas and are really excited that these are being put in place before we originally expected.

‘We are planning for the redevelopment work at Oak Park Children’s Services Centre to start in June 2011 and it will take around 18 months to complete.’

Each year the redeveloped centre will provide up to 24,000 outpatient appointments across a range of services which include: X-rays, ultrasounds, echo tests, therapy, podiatry, a new assessment, treatment and rehabilitation centre and expanded children’s clinical services.

There will also be facilities for mobile scanners to visit the site, such as MRI scans.

The clinic will include the Rapid Assessment Unit which is opening at Havant Health Centre on Monday but will move to the clinic when work is completed.