Hospital repairs could take a year

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MORE than a week after the blaze that ripped through part of Chesterfield Royal, hospital chiefs have confirmed the worst of the damage could take a year to repair.

In a statement, they announced that despite the significant damage, services have operated as normal all week and will continue to do so.

Chief Executive Eric Morton, said: “We’ve had enormous help this week from a host of experts - engineers, the fire service, loss adjustors, insurance reps and many others. We’re not likely to know final costs for a few weeks whilst everything is worked through, but we know it will be months before the main entrance is back up to full speed.”

Early structural reports suggest that the damage in the fracture clinic and A&E reception area will be repairable and a contractor is due to be appointed today (June 4). Fracture clinic and orthopaedic out-patients will remain on Staveley Ward, as the clinic reception area is likely to be a temporary front of house base for the trust’s security team and the patient’s accounts service.

A hospital spokesperson said: “The main entrance is likely to be out of operation for 8-12 months. A large area around what was the shop will need to be demolished and work is expected to start on that in the next four weeks. Once complete, the area will need to be sealed from the elements and a massive programme will get underway to redesign and rebuild facilities as well as put in a new infrastructure.”

The hospital’s estates team is looking to introduce a temporary reception facility within the confines of the less damaged area in the entrance. This will also enable the Booked Admissions service, where patients go to book a date for surgery after their out-patient appointment ,and the Advice Centre to get back up and running front of house as quickly as possible. This will be outlined next week to see if it could be a workable option.