Health group’s mission to replace town hospital

Health bosses have revealed that work to demolish an asbestos-riddled hospital and replace it with a new £2.5 million care unit will begin next year.

Officials from NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group announced that work to bulldoze the building will commence in April .

All scrap metal has now been removed from the hospital on Ilkeston Road, and environmental surveys have already been completed in preparation for the new building which include land and ecology surveys.

Capita Property and Infrastructure has been appointed as the building surveyor to provide expert advice on the construction of the new building.

A building contractor will be appointed later next year following a competitive tender process.

Chief officer at NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG Andy Layzell said: “We are progressing as swiftly as we can on this project so we can ensure that the people of Heanor and surrounding areas benefit from a new health facility from 2017.

“We are delighted to report that the funding is now in place and Derbyshire Community Health Services is already making strong progress on a developed demolition and construction plan.

“We will be working with local people to make sure the design of the new building is both fitting for the town and practical in allowing services to stay flexible in the future.”

The new centre will include all existing services with the exception of inpatient beds along with a range of new services which are required to support the health of local people, a spokesman said.