December 10 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Plans to close Lowestoft Hospital have been rubber-stamped by health chiefs - ending 150 years of service in the town.
The governing body of clinical commissioning group HealthEast met this afternoon to approve plans for a major overhaul of health services in the town – including a recommendation to close the hospital in Tennyson Road by this time next year.
HealthEast will now move some health services from the hospital to the £6m Kirkley Rise Medical Centre, which opened in March.
It will also begin preparing a business case for a second permanent building on the Kirkley Rise site to bring together services such as housing, education and employment.
Board members also made a commitment to keep outpatient and blood testing services in the north of the town, with the potential for them to operate from the existing hospital site.
The proposals were developed by HealthEast in partnership with James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and East Coast Community Healthcare.
Andy Evans, chief executive of HealthEast, said: “The decision means that we can go ahead and provide for the people of Lowestoft high quality, seamless and value for money services in modern surroundings which are closer to people’s homes.
“This will help us to deliver on our goal to provide safe, sustainable, high quality health care that is easy for everyone in Lowestoft to access, both now and in the future.”