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After years of waiting and planning, Cromer is finally going to get a brand new hospital.
The plans for a new £15 million Cromer and District Hospital have been confirmed by the Board of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and construction work will start in September.
The new hospital will replace the original Mill Road hospital which first opened in 1932 and will provide day treatment, out-patient care, minor injuries, renal dialysis and extended diagnostic services.
The new £15 million facilities will include a permanent on-site mammography (breast screening) service, minor injuries and a brand new MRI scanner is also planned.
The new hospital will see around 11,000 more patients a year than are currently seen at Cromer.
It will mean people all over North Norfolk can go there for treatments instead of having to go all the way into Norwich or across to Kings Lynn.
The old Davison and Barclay ward areas of the current hospital will be retained and refurbished for use as a permanent renal dialysis unit with room for expansion.
Chairman David Prior said: "We have been determined to deliver this long-awaited new hospital for people in north Norfolk and we are delighted to announce work will start in September. This new hospital has been made possible by two local legacies, from the late Sagle Bernstein and Phyllis Cox, and we are indebted to them for their generosity."
The first phase of construction work is due to start in September this year, and it should be finished in autumn 2012. The project is being funded by the generous Sagle Bernstein and Phyllis Cox legacies.
In 2001, Cromer resident Mrs Sagle Bernstein left £11.4 million to the hospital in Cromer. In 2004, Bacton resident Phyllis Cox also left £1.3 million to the hospital.