NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Property Services are delighted to confirm that approval has been given to proceed with the building of the new Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital delivering a new state of the art hospital for the community.
The new hospital will provide a range of health and wellbeing services for local people including outpatients, therapy and diagnostic services as well as specialist community dentistry.
West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has worked closely with local people, the Hospital League of Friends, The Royal British Legion, the Parish Council, local churches and community groups to ensure the design of the building is modern and fit for purpose and reflects its strong local heritage and important place in history as a war memorial.
Works on site are due to start from the end of September 2020 with a provisional completion date for May 2022. The majority of services currently provided at the hospital will continue running as normal throughout the construction period, but in the event of any disruption, patients will be kept informed and, where necessary, redirected to alternative locations.
GP, Dr Sarah Schofield, Clinical Chairman of West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We're really excited to be taking these final steps in the redevelopment of Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital. We would like to thank the local community and the League of Friends for all their hard work and support in now making this a reality".
Susan Swaffer, Regional Partnership Director (South East) for NHS Property Services, said: "The efforts of NHS Property Services, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group and other local partners will enable the delivery of a modern, start-of-the-art, sustainable healthcare facility which will be flexible and fit for purpose, both now and for future generations".
John Carr, Chairman of the Hospital League of Friends, said: "This is such good news for the local community and has been long awaited. We are so pleased that we can now progress with the construction of the building which will continue to provide a variety of much valued clinical services and maintain its importance as the war memorial".