THE WHEELS are in motion for the next stage of Stratford Hospital’s £22million revamp.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) is looking to build a cancer and an eye ward at the site of the existing hospital on Arden Street.
The plans – as reported in the Observer in May last year – were officially submitted to Stratford District Council back in August and this was followed by a three-week public consultation.
Now as part of the first phase, the application – for the erection of a new community hospital building and associated multi-storey car park – is set to be considered at a planning committee meeting next Wednesday (October 22).
Officers have recommended the proposals be given the green light and if permission is granted, SWFT hopes to start building in November with work aiming to be completed by the end of 2016.
The redevelopment is expected to be carried out in three phases – the first of which involves the creation of both the cancer and eye units.
The new eye ward will be made up of an outpatient suite with examination, treatment and injection rooms while the new cancer ward – modelled on Warwick Hospital’s Aylesford Unit – is set to include 12 treatment chairs to double the trust’s current capacity.