Health bosses outline services for new High Peak health hub
Wednesday 10th January 2018 @ 14:32 by Adam Higgins
Buxton News

Health bosses have outlined the services set to be provided at a new £20m healthcare hub in the High Peak.

The old Buxton Water bottling site on Station Road (pictured), adjacent to the town’s train station, has now been sold for £1.8m to build a new hospital.

A ‘ground-breaking’ deal was struck with Nestle Waters UK and, if plans are approved by High Peak Borough Council, two thirds of the site will become a new hospital in the next four years.

It comes after news emerged last month that the Spencer Ward at Cavendish Hospital across Buxton, which looks after elderly patients with mental health problems, is set to close at the end of February – months earlier than initially planned.

Now, with a new fit-for-purpose health village on the cards, the lead organisation for the project has summarised the plans for the new state-of-the-art facility.

William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this ground-breaking deal.

“We know Buxton Hospital, Cavendish Hospital and other NHS buildings in the town are dated and situated on opposing edges of the town, so this deal means we can develop a fantastic centrally-located facility to house a range of services all under one roof, with the local GPs and other NHS organisations.”

The site, which has stood vacant since 2012, will accommodate services currently provided by the town’s two existing hospitals – including the x-ray unit, minor injuries unit, the eight elderly rehabilitation beds from Fenton Ward currently at the Cavendish Hospital and the community mental health team.

The new integrated site will also incorporate Stewart Medical Centre, Elmwood Medical Practice and Buxton Medical Practice, as well as the High Peak’s Dementia Rapid Response Team.

Mr Jones added that the new hospital is expected to cost between £15m and £20m and that old medical sites would eventually be put up for sale but insisted the new health hub wasn’t dependent on these sales going through.

High Peak MP Ruth George welcomed the news, saying: “High Peak residents deserve high quality health and care services from modern facilities, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on this exciting project and would encourage my constituents to do the same.”

Councillor Tony Ashton, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “I very much welcome the opportunity for various public services to be brought together on this key central site in the town, where they will be readily accessible to local residents.”

A planning application is due to be submitted to the borough council within six months and a traffic assessment report has already been carried out to determine the site’s viability.