Medical services at St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth to move to new home

St James' Hospital in Portsmouth
St James' Hospital in Portsmouth
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PLANS have been drawn up to move medical services at St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth to another location.

Solent NHS Trust provides some mental health and community services from the former hospital in Locksway Road, Milton.

But in a report produced by the trust, it states it is using less than five per cent of the main hospital site, and so is not cost-effective.

A proposal is being put forward to move services to two empty floors in St Mary’s Health Community Campus, in Milton Road.

Trust chief executive Ros Tolcher said: ‘St Mary’s is a big community site, and there are two whole floors that are unused.

‘We’re hoping a £4m interest-free loan from the Department of Health will help us refurbish the floors.

‘The Children’s Development Centre, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy, will move over by March 2015.’

By moving from St James’, the trust will make savings of £2m each year.

Mrs Tolcher added: ‘Running St James’ is not a good way to spend money.

‘By moving, we would be protecting services, and improving the quality.

‘By spending less money on a site, we’ll have more money to spend on staff.

‘St Mary’s was always going to be the main site, and bring services together.’

A second phase is to move the Turner Centre, the Langstone Centre, and the Kestrel Centre – which are attached to the main building – to either St Mary’s or in a new fit-for-purpose building on the existing site.

Further details of this phase have not been explored.

New standalone buildings such as The Limes and The Orchards will remain.

The plans are due to be discussed at today’s health, overview and scrutiny panel meeting at Portsmouth City Council.

The main St James’ Hospital site is a Grade II-listed building.

In the move, it will come under NHS Property Services.

A spokeswoman said: ‘The council’s local plan has indicated for some time that the site could be developed for a mix of healthcare and housing, so we anticipate the most likely use of any surplus land will be residential.

‘However, the business case work is ongoing and until that work has been completed, no options have been ruled out.’