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£10m Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital on track for June completion

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A NEW state-of-the-art £10m community hospital at Hythe is on track to be completed by June.

Progress at the Beaulieu Road site, which began in September 2021, can be seen via timelapse videos and cameras which have been installed to keep the public up to date.

As reported in the A&T, the go-ahead was granted by New Forest District Council in 2018 for a new healthcare facility and up to 21 homes on the site of the former Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital. The former facility had been vacant since 2016 following a review in 2010 which found the buildings were in a poor and unacceptable condition.

Now having hit a target to have the building watertight by the end of December, the next major milestone will be the completion of building work by June, ahead of operational completion and a handover in July. A war memorial dedication service is then planned for August this year before a hospital opening event in October.

The development is being led by Kier on behalf of NHS property services. Adam Shepheard, principle construction manager, said: “Work is progressing well and the building is now water tight with internal works progressing at pace. The building is now really taking shape and we are all very excited about delivering this new exceptional health facility for the community of Hythe and Dibden in the summer of 2022.”

Once fully operational, services offer at the new hospital will include physiotherapy, musculoskeletal (MSK), orthopaedic choice, ear nose and throat (ENT) care, a respiratory clinic, an older persons mental health (OPMH) team, podiatry, bladder, bowel and stoma care, various paediatric health services, a heart failure clinic, maternity services, gynaecology, urology, general medicine, ultrasound, leg ulcer care and special care dentistry.

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