Havant’s hospital will close after 82 busy years

CLOSING Havant War Memorial Hospital
CLOSING Havant War Memorial Hospital

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HAVANT War Memorial Hospital is set to close by the end of September.

Staff have been told the hospital will shut its doors for good after 82 years.

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

But some nurses have told The News they are unhappy with the way they have been treated and are worried about job security.

Some nurses were angry that a 90-day consultation has been reduced to 14 days.

One nurse, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It’s really appalling.

‘We have not really been kept informed about things. Every time we ask, people say they don’t know yet. People are worried there aren’t enough jobs.’

The Royal College of Nursing said the majority of staff voted for a 14-day consultation so the redeployment process could start sooner.

Spokeswoman Helen Wigginton said: ‘In the talks we have had so far there has been no indication of any job losses.

‘No nurse wants to move but they are not losing their jobs at the moment.’

The hospital provides 21 rehabilitation beds for the elderly. NHS Hampshire, which commissions Southern Health, plans to continue the service in people’s homes and in nursing homes.

NHS Hampshire plans to sell off the site to pay for Oak Park Community Clinic, which will offer outpatient services and is set to open by autumn next year.

A new nursing centre, also in Lavant Drive, will provide 60 beds and is set to open in 2014.

A statement from Southern Health said the 14-day consultation was so staff could have ‘clarity about their futures as soon as possible’. It added: ‘Our aim is to strive to find alternative employment within the trust or local health community for those affected. We have also kept open a number of vacancies which is a further reason for limiting the consultation to 14 days as those posts need to be filled sooner rather than later.

‘We have the backing of all unions involved and the vast majority of staff are content with this approach although we recognise a few do have concerns.’