Health bosses have said the old asbestos-riddled Heanor hospital, which is set to be replaced with a £2.5m care unit, will be demolished soon.
NHS chiefs have said that the hospital on Ilkeston Road will be demolished in September – nearly a year after the decision was agreed at the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group governing body in October.
Peter West, head of estates for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, which is leading on plans for the development, said: “Plans for the redevelopment of health facilities in Heanor are progressing steadily.
“It looks as though we’ll be ready to go ahead with the demolition during September. In tandem with this work, we are working closely with local service user groups to develop plans for the new health facilities in Heanor.
“We look forward to being able to share plans as soon as they are ready.
“The project is on track to obtain the BREEAM excellence rating for building projects which meet the highest environmental standards.”
He added: “Getting the plans right, so that the new facility meets the needs of everyone who will use and work in the new healthcare centre, is our key priority at the moment. We will then be in a position to share the proposals with everyone in the local community”
The hospital has been closed to patients since September 2013, after asbestos was discovered in a boiler room during a routine inspection.
The new centre will provide services that meet the health requirements of the population. This building will include all existing services with the exception of inpatient beds, along with a range of new services which are required to support the health of local people – with a particular focus on mental health and dementia services.