The first phase of work to improve Stratton Hospital in Bude is ready to start, now that national funding has been agreed for this year, and phase one of the work can now go ahead subject to planning permission being granted.
Community 1st Cornwall and NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly have been working with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Community Health Services and the League of Friends of Stratton Hospital to plan significant improvements to the hospital to better meet local health needs.
The development represents an exciting opportunity to modernise the hospital and provide high quality premises designed to deliver responsive primary care fit for the 21st century.
This first phase of work willl see the refurbishment of the out-patient department which will allow the integration of the minor injuries unit.
Kevin Baber, managing director of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Community Health Services, said: “This is among the oldest community hospitals in the country. These improvements will make a significant difference to the quality and accessibility of services and the hospital experience for patients in North Cornwall.
“I am delighted that the work can now proceed, subject to planning consent. There will inevitably be some disruption for patients to contend with while the work is on-going and we will do everything we can to mitigate any impact.”