Berwick Infirmary is a community hospital which serves a catchment of around 26,000 residents and typically deals with 30,000 attendances per year.
Why develop a new hospital?
The original infirmary was built in 1874 and has expanded in a piecemeal fashion over many years. The current hospital buildings are unsuitable for efficient, modern healthcare services due to:
The poor physical condition of the estate.
Poor functionality of many spaces for modern healthcare practices.
Constraints on expansion within the existing site.
Failure to comply with legislation in terms of disabled access.
Why re-develop the existing site?
During 2019, we explored alternative sites where a new, purpose-built facility could be developed. No suitable sites were found either within the town centre or on a number of greenfield sites on the southern side of the town.
The Trust decided to progress with the alternative plan of redeveloping the existing Berwick Infirmary site.
We have continued to engage with local stakeholders during this time, and it was clear there was strong support for the hospital to remain in the town centre where it can deliver wider economic, social and environmental benefits.