Plans for a new Community Hospital in the Forest of Dean took a major step forward last Thursday (July 15) when the Trust board approved the full business case for the project.
The business case is now being shared with system partners for their consideration and wider support and also with regional colleagues as part of the wider NHS approvals process.
Chief Executive Paul Roberts said: “This is a major investment in infrastructure in the Forest of Dean, and I think it’s exciting and overdue investment.
“Of course, we recognise there has been some contention around these proposals. A series of decisions have been made, with the location recommended by a Citizen’s Jury and on the size of the hospital and services to be included.
“Our job has been to put those decisions into action to deliver a new hospital, and I believe we have developed a scheme which is workable and affordable.”
A full planning application for the new 24-bed hospital in Steam Mills Road, Cinderford, is expected to be submitted in the next few weeks, and the Trust has released drawings and floorplans for comment.
You can find plans and drawings on this site with a feedback form – comments are welcome but please note the deadline on Friday 23 July.
We will then enter start doing the much more detailed design of room layouts, building colours and materials to create an environment that works for staff and the people who will use this building. We will have a series of user group meetings that will enable a wider range of people to get involved in the developing design.