Health bosses have revealed they plan to demolish the asbestos-riddled Heanor Memorial Hospital and build a new £2.5 million health unit in its place.
The unit would offer outpatients services, including for dementia sufferers and would be open within two years. There would be no inpatient beds unlike the current hospital, which has been closed since September after large amounts of asbestos were found there.
They say instead the unit would have close ties with a nearby care home where beds would be offered. Specially trained staff would treat these patients in a scheme which was piloted in Derby last year. They are still in negotiations with a number of local care homes over the move.