BAM’s Project Manager Gerry McFarlane, who leads the build, said: “It is very good news that we can start work in earnest in this historic part of England. With more than 400 hospital and health schemes to our credit BAM has always been prominent in the health sector, but what we know is that every scheme is different, and there is nothing more complex to build than a hospital.
“These are special buildings and we will draw on all our skills and experience to create exactly what the NHS, its people and patients want and need for the future.”
Richard Webb, North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Health and Adult Services, said: “We welcome this development, which is good news for Whitby, and we look forward to working with NHS colleagues in developing community services locally. It is also our intention to develop a new extra care housing scheme as part of our commitment to the town.”
Alongside the build, the transformation of community services will include embracing new technology to support providing care closer to people’s homes. It will also look to co-locate partner organisations on a health and social care campus to bring services to the community together in one location.
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust will continue to be the lead provider of services from the remodelled hospital which includes minor injuries (open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week), an inpatient ward for people who require rehabilitation for medical/surgical/complex long-term conditions, along with palliative and end-of-life care and physiotherapy and district nursing.
Michele Moran, Chief Executive of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are proud to be the lead tenant for this new chapter for Whitby Hospital. We are delighted to reach this important milestone for the project and look forward to providing services from a modern, fit-for-purpose building that will meet the needs of the local community.”
A great way to get involved with the project is to work with the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust charity, Health Stars which will be fundraising to add that ‘extra sparkle’ to the build. More information about its projects and ideas will be shared as the project develops.
You can fundraise through Health Stars at any point. You can decide where the funds that you raise are allocated to – for example if you chose to do a sponsored walk you can allocate the funds that you raise to the Whitby project and even do that for a particular item.
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