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Plans for a new £15 million Cromer Hospital have been approved and construction work should start in the autumn.
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 construction work will be done gradually to make sure services can continue to run during the building work.
The new facilities will include an ophthalmic operating theatre plus new diagnostic services including a permanent on-site mammography (breast screening) service, and a DEXA scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis, 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.
The old Davison and Barclay ward areas of the current hospital will be kept and refurbished for use as a permanent renal dialysis unit with room for expansion. The plans for the new hospital also include space for community groups to meet. The plans for the site also allow room for further expansion if required and affordable in the future.
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 now have planning permission. 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 the autumn this year, and with completion in autumn 2012. The project is being funded by the generous Sagle Bernstein and Phyllis Cox legacies.