Cromer & District Hospital is due to be expanded as part of the future plans by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which runs the hospital. NNUH has agreed to redevelop one of the original buildings on the Cromer & District Hospital site and bring it up to modern standards.
Part of this building has been modernised already and contains the renal dialysis unit. An existing building on the hospital site will be redeveloped to create the new medical unit which will provide services such as chemotherapy, blood transfusion and rheumatology treatments. It will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver surgical treatments in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.
Due to the previous generosity of local individuals and the community we are able to use our existing charitable funds to fund much of the scheme. The NHS pays for the staffing and running costs of Cromer & District Hospital and this will include the new unit. A new fundraising campaign will be launched later in the year to help achieve the full amount required for the building and the equipment.
An exhibition event for the public is being held on Wednesday 25th October, from 4pm to 8pm, at Cromer & District Hospital, where people will be able to find out more about the plans and get involved.
Simon Hackwell, Director of Strategy at NNUH, said: “We will be redeveloping one of the original buildings on the site, bringing it up to modern standards and using it for medical treatments. This will benefit local people who can be treated without travelling to Norwich”.
Iain Young, Operational Manager for Cromer & District Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to offer more services to patients in North Norfolk and further afield. Cromer & District Hospital offers a high quality service in a modern setting.”
Carol Edwards, Public Governor and Chair of the Cromer Appeal Sub-committee, said: “We are working with Cromer Community & Hospital Friends and other organisations to raise the money and enhance the care available for local people and we will be publicising this more over the forthcoming months, including how individuals and groups can help with fundraising.”
Cromer & District Hospital currently treats over 140,000 patients each year, up from 106,000 when the redeveloped hospital opened in in 2012. It provides a wide range of consultant-led outpatient services and day case procedures. There is also a Minor Injuries Unit which operates seven days a week.