THE FIRST patients are set to be welcomed through the doors of the new Stratford Hospital this summer.
The Observer can reveal that after years of hard work the £22million state-of-the-art hospital will open in the first week July.
The building – which is based on the same Arden Street site as the existing hospital – will house a state-of-the-art eye and cancer unit along with a well-being centre.
And residents have backed the hospital since the plans were first announced, and also supported the successful million pound fund-raising appeal to pay for comforts including iPads and special chemotherapy chairs.
Tea parties, balls, charity runs, film nights and even firewalks were just some of the events held to raise money for the fund – which reached its target earlier this year.
A spokeswoman for South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “Throughout the fundraising appeal, one thing that has been really clear to me is how passionate the people from Stratford and the surrounding villages are in supporting and investing in their local community.
“It is thanks to their dedication, hard work and generosity that we have been able raise this phenomenal amount of money and will make Stratford Hospital a first class health care facility.
“The new building will be across three floors and has been designed with our patients and staff at the centre of all decisions.
“Consultants, nurse specialists and clinical teams have been part of the project team who have helped design a facility which supports the provision of care for patients in the best way.
“The new treatment centres for cancer and eyes will make a huge difference to the local community by expanding the choice and services available in their home town.”
Builders Speller Metcalfe are set to complete work next month, and the hospital will then undergo a deep clean before it opens.
Bosses say the new hospital will ‘transform’ the future of healthcare in the district.
It follows the revelation that nearly 30 per cent fewer patients in Stratford choose to have chemotherapy compared to nearby Warwick Hospital. This is due to the travel time it takes Stratford residents to reach Warwick’s Aylesford Unit.
But it is hoped more will opt to use the new cancer unit, which is situated on the building’s top floor. It will consist of 12 treatment couches, two side rooms and even a counselling room. There will also be an emergency room where cancer patients who feel unwell can go.
And to offer support to those affected by cancer there will be a part of the new hospital’s airy atrium dedicated to Macmillan, along with a complementary treatment room.