March 12 2014 Latest news:
By Matthew Gooding
Thursday, December 19, 2013
A year after Royston Hospital was put up for sale, confusion continues to surround the future of the site.
The hospital, on London Road, had been due to close to make way for a private care home with NHS intermediate care beds. The site was put on the market by NHS Property Services a year ago this week.
But following a sustained campaign led by the Royston Hospital Action Group (RHAG) and the Friends of Royston Hospital, in October NHS Property Services revealed they were working on a “detailed master plan” for the site. This has yet to materialise.
Royston’s county councillor Fiona Hill, with district councillors Tony Hunter and Bill Davidson met representatives of the Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Property Services and NHS England on Friday to press for action on the Hospital.
After the meeting, Cllr Hill said: “There has been a pause for reflection, now we want to see a positive plan for the future, sooner rather than later.”
Cllr Hunter added: “Royston has waited long enough.”
Royston MP Oliver Heald has written to stakeholders, including local GPs, pressing for commitment to the new health facility at London Road.
He said: “The time has come for firm commitment by health commissioners, GPs and the NHS so that Royston gets its new health facility.”
The hospital was listed as an asset of community interest earlier this year, and a spokesman for RHAG said they are happy with some of the changes proposed for the site over the last 12 months.
She said: “RHAG has been having ongoing meetings with various parts of the NHS. Recently, we have been informed that a new business case is being prepared and will be submitted in spring 2014. RHAG has meetings with the NHS at the end of January to discuss the business case and their plans for formal consultation with the community.
“RHAG is continuing to campaign for inclusion of hospital beds, community clinics, physiotherapy and other services in the Community Health Facility.
“We look forward to working closely with the NHS, the local MPs and all interested parties in 2014 and discussing the amended plans at the end of January.”
For more information on the group, log on to www.saveroystonhospital.co.uk