A revision to the opening date from late spring to summer has been necessary to enable a successful transfer of some services from three existing hospital sites to the new community hospital, on completion of construction work in June.
Alex Seale, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire’s Director of Commissioning, said:
“The hospital is a landmark building that will provide high quality health care services for the East Riding community for many years to come.
Some minor, but unavoidable, delays in the construction programme have made it necessary to revise the Hospital’s opening date from late spring to summer. Our developers have encountered some issues with their supply chain. It has also been necessary to carry out some modifications to the hospital ceilings to help improve sound absorption throughout the building.”
All patient services will remain in place at Beverley Westwood Hospital until the transfer. Referrals for community beds for Driffield and Hornsea patients will continue as they are at present, until the full transfer of inpatient services to the East Riding Community Hospital.
Outpatient, therapies and minor injuries services provided at Hornsea Cottage Hospital and Driffield Alfred Bean Hospital are not affected by the opening of the new East Riding Community Hospital and will continue to be provided at these locations.
Dr Gina Palumbo, Chair of the East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“East Riding patients will very soon have access to a full range of diagnostic and therapy services, as well as excellent stroke and cardiac rehabilitation care within their new community hospital.
“Whilst it is disappointing that there is a short delay in getting up and running, our absolute priority is our patients. We must be confident that everything is in place before we welcome them to the new hospital, and we are asking people to bear with us for a short while longer.
Karen Knapton, Chairman of the NHS Humber Cluster, added:
“I am delighted that one of the final pieces of the jigsaw for the East Riding’s vision for investment in community services is coming to fruition. Patients across the County will benefit from more services closer to home.
“I particularly want to thank local residents for their patience during the construction period, and members of our Local Community Liaison Group for their longstanding support throughout the project.”
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