A New Community Hospital for the Forest of Dean
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is working on a new community hospital in the Forest of Dean which will replace Dilke Memorial Hospital and Lydney Community Hospital.
The new hospital is being built on the site of Collingwood Skatepark and Lower High Street Playing Field in Steam Mills Road, Cinderford, which will put it close to the town centre and make it as accessible as possible whether travelling by car or by public transport.
As part of this development, the Town Council is obtaining the Health Centre in Dockham Road to allow for more green space in the centre of Cinderford. Services in Dockham Road relocated to the new Cinderford Medical Centre, in Valley Road, in August 2020.
A new skate will be provided at Miner’s Field (off Barleycorn Square) to replace the existing park at the Sports Field. This will locate the skate park more centrally within the town, offer better and safer access and will include the provision of lighting. The Town Council is investing alongside the NHS to add additional park and recreation facilities.
The Trust is also funding the resurfacing of the multi-use games area (off Coronation Road and Mount Pleasant Road) from the current concrete to a Sports England approved surface to make it usable all year round and for a wider range of sports and activities.
The hospital is expected to be completed during the 2023-24 financial year.
On the Horizon
- Spring 2021: Full Business Case presented to Gloucestershire Health and Care Board
- Spring 2021: Application for Full Planning Permission, assuming Board approval
- Autumn 2021: Planning outcome and preparation for construction
- Late 2021: Construction to start on site
Engagement and consultation processes have been ongoing in the Forest of Dean since 2015, run primarily by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group. Below is a summary of that work. Full details can be found at www.fodhealth.nhs.uk
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