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24 May 2010, 09:37 | Updated: 24 May 2010, 10:11
After 3 years of planning and at a cost of 10 million pounds the new Fareham Community Hospital opens.
The building work on the new hospital in Brook Lane, Sarisbury Green was completed on March 26 and the following eight weeks have been spent turning the building into a hospital.
Last week local Gp's, councillors, voluntary groups, Hampshire Local Involvement Network and staff who will be working at the hospital visited to give their seal of approval to the finishing touches.
"It is really exciting that this hospital is now ready to open its doors to patients," said Inger Hebden, director of capital planning for NHS Hampshire. "It has taken three years to complete from the initial architects drawings to the last bit of equipment being moved in and I am delighted that it is now ready to provide valuable NHS services to local residents."
It will bring together services that are currently being delivered in several locations in the area and patients will soon start receiving letters advising them when their appointments will change to the new Hospital. There are no inpatient beds at the Hospital and no accident and emergency facilities. All services are accessed by appointment, with the exception of Contraception and Sexual Health clinics, which has 'walk in' clinics.
Services At The Hospital
Acute Outpatient clinics (currently provided in Sylvan Outpatients and at Queen Alexandra Hospital )
Antenatal clinics and Adult Speech and Language Therapy (currently provided at Fareham Health Centre)
Community Health clinics, including Podiatry (currently provided in Sylvan Outpatients)
Child Health clinics (currently provided in Sylvan Outpatients and at 17 Coldeast Way)
Diagnostic Imaging (x-ray and MRI)
Assessment and Treatment facilities for older people (a new service)
Physiotherapy (currently provided at Hill Park Clinic)
Occupational Therapy (currently provided at QA Hospital)
There are 120 car parking spaces on site, 48 for staff, 59 for visitors, 4 parent and child spaces and 9 disabled spaces.
The first three hours are free of charge, thereafter there will be an hourly charge. Tickets should be purchased from the machines in the car park upon arrival.