Architect appointed to re-model hospital

The revamping of Whitby’s hospital moved one step closer this week with the appointment of a specialist healthcare architect.

Following an interview process with both clinical and technical experts on the panel, NHS Property Services and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby clinical commissioning group announced this week that Newcastle-based, Medical Architecture, won the tender for remodelling and making the ageing building fit for purpose for future generations.

They will now be tasked with drawing up plans for the remodelling of the Whitby Hospital site which provides a base for provides inpatient, outpatient and community services.

Dr George Campbell, HRW CCG Vice Chair and Whitby GP, said: “This is a very positive step forward in the remodelling of Whitby Hospital, which helps us achieve our aim of a sustainable community hospital in Whitby which provides high quality, appropriate services that local people can be proud of.

“In the presentation and interview, Medical Architecture addressed some challenging key issues relating to the site itself which the appointment panel thought was very impressive.

“We will be meeting the Medical Architecture team over the summer and then the process of healthcare planning will start. Following this we will be engaging with members of the public, patients and staff to get them more involved so they can have their say on the design of the remodelled hospital.”

The commissioning group has over the last couple of years developed a vision for community services in Whitby as part of Fit 4 the Future where local people were overwhelmingly in support of keeping a hospital in town and on the current site.

Paul Yeomans, Director at Medical Architecture, added: “This project has unique challenges and opportunities and offers working with a forward thinking client to provide the local community with the best modern environment for treatment and care.”