Campaigners hoping for good news after summit on Royston Hospital
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CAMPAIGNERS who want to secure the future of Royston Hospital are hoping for some good news in the next few weeks following a summit with health bosses.
Members of the Royston Hospital Action Group (RHAG) attended a meeting in Cambridge on Tuesday with NHS Property Services, known as PropCo, who are now responsible for the hospital site on London Road, and representatives of Cambridgeshire Association to Commission Health, who oversee health services in Royston.
The hospital has been under the threat of closure for more than a year, as the NHS had planned to sell the land so it could be redeveloped as a private care home with NHS intermediate care beds.
However, in May it was revealed that a “pause for reflection” was taking place so that the process could be reviewed.
RHAG want the hospital to remain open so that it can serve the people of Royston.
Susan Ackroyd, from RHAG, said: “The pause for reflection on the Royston Hospital site is certainly genuine. We were advised that the project is being reviewed by various people.
“We are now very much more hopeful that parties will work together for the win-win scenario of a lasting health and social care facility for Royston, and the surrounding area, and that there will be some good news in the weeks to come.”
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If the hospital closes down, health services in Royston will be moved to the health centre, on Baldock Road. However, a planned extension that was due to start in April has also been put on hold.