Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital may be knocked down

Daily Echo: Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital

A hospital built more than 120 years ago may be bulldozed and replaced by a brand new complex, the Daily Echo can reveal.

NHS bosses are also studying an alternative proposal to upgrade the ageing Hythe and Dibden War Memorial Hospital – formerly a private mansion built in 1891.

Whichever scheme is approved over the next few months the new-look hospital would open its doors in the autumn of 2015.

Talks have been taking place since all 16 in-patient beds were closed in 2010, leaving part of the main building empty. The site also includes a medical centre built in 1965.

Providing a new hospital or refurbishing the existing facility would both cost more than £5m.

An NHS spokesman said the present building was structurally sound and big enough to house a wide range of services but needed major alterations.

A replacement complex would meet the latest construction standards as well as being more energy efficient and cost effective. The spokesman added: “During construction clinical services currently housed in the main hospital would be accommodated in the medical centre. On completion the centre would be demolished, releasing land for disposal.”

The two options were outlined at a meeting of Hythe and Dibden Parish Council.

James Bawn, representing NHS Hampshire, said more than half the people who took part in the recent public consultation supported plans for a new building.

Council chairman Councillor Maureen Robinson said the talks had improved relations between health chiefs and the community, adding: “The amount of consultation that’s gone into this project is second to none. A few years ago there was very little trust, but we’ve moved on enormously.”

After the meeting Cllr Robinson said a new hospital on the site would provide patients with a facility fit for the 21st century.

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4:13pm Wed 26 Sep 12

espanuel says...

Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there.
Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there. espanuel
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4:32pm Wed 26 Sep 12

sotonboy84 says...

A shame to see the lovely old buildings go, I hope they can upgrade the exisiting builidng...
A shame to see the lovely old buildings go, I hope they can upgrade the exisiting builidng... sotonboy84
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8:05pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Sovietobserver says...

espanuel wrote:
Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there.
@ espanuel. Yes, still there.
For interest see the following videos.
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[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there.[/p][/quote]@ espanuel. Yes, still there. For interest see the following videos. www.youtube.com/watc h?v=ILDb0syTNg www.youtube.com/watc h?v=SOY85M9T9O8 www.youtube.com/watc h?v=RzKVnwMvKTk Sovietobserver
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8:10pm Wed 26 Sep 12

Sovietobserver says...

Sovietobserver wrote:
espanuel wrote:
Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there.
@ espanuel. Yes, still there.
For interest see the following videos.
www.youtube.com/watc

h?v=ILDb0syTNg
www.youtube.com/watc

h?v=SOY85M9T9O8
www.youtube.com/watc

h?v=RzKVnwMvKTk
@ espanuel. Sorry ,first one should read.
www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=-ILDb0syTNg
[quote][p][bold]Sovietobserver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: Does anybody know if the Ambulance station is still there.[/p][/quote]@ espanuel. Yes, still there. For interest see the following videos. www.youtube.com/watc h?v=ILDb0syTNg www.youtube.com/watc h?v=SOY85M9T9O8 www.youtube.com/watc h?v=RzKVnwMvKTk[/p][/quote]@ espanuel. Sorry ,first one should read. www.youtube.com/watc h?v=-ILDb0syTNg Sovietobserver
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9:19pm Wed 26 Sep 12

espanuel says...

SovietObserver. Thanks very much for the answer and your time.
SovietObserver. Thanks very much for the answer and your time. espanuel
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5:55am Thu 27 Sep 12

BenjiWinsor says...

More parking there would be good, I hope they retain adequate space for parking when they sell off the land left available for disposal at the end and not just think of money.
More parking there would be good, I hope they retain adequate space for parking when they sell off the land left available for disposal at the end and not just think of money. BenjiWinsor
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9:18am Thu 27 Sep 12

espanuel says...

BenjiWinsor, that is what I was thinking about the parking as a lot of people seem to park in the shopping area which causes problems. I know there is a parking are next to the hospital but you know what people are. I used to live at Hythe for 47 years and moved out in 2005. I have been back since. I hope they dont sell of the land because they used it for the Hospital fiesta but they will.
BenjiWinsor, that is what I was thinking about the parking as a lot of people seem to park in the shopping area which causes problems. I know there is a parking are next to the hospital but you know what people are. I used to live at Hythe for 47 years and moved out in 2005. I have been back since. I hope they dont sell of the land because they used it for the Hospital fiesta but they will. espanuel
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