Services to be moved from Swaffham hospital during refurbishment work

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Some services will be moved from Swaffham’s Community Hospital while work on the final stage of a £1.9 million revamp of the site is completed, health chiefs have announced.

Although the project to move and replace pipework, water tanks and pumps around the site is already under way, a number of services will temporarily move out next month as the project continues.

Matron Roy Crane said: “We feel it is in our patients’ best interests to access care within alternative units during the maintenance work, rather than ask people to contend with the expected noise and disruption at Swaffham.

“We are confident that the provisions we have put in place will ensure patients will continue to be able to access safe and effective care elsewhere.”

Among the services affected by the move is the hospital’s 18-bed in-patient ward, which is set to close from July 26 for around four weeks.

During that period, patients will either be treated at community hospitals in Dereham and Kelling, or in their own homes where possible.

Patients who have physiotherapy at the hospital, or who attend leg ulcer and stop smoking clinics will also be treated in their homes where appropriate, or at clinics in Lynn and Downham.

Mr Crane said the building work was essential in order to secure the community hospital’s future.

He said: “By making improvements to the hospital and bringing it up to date with modern standards, we can ensure that it will continue to offer the best support to people in and around Swaffham for years to come.

“However, we recognise that there is never a good time to temporarily relocate services and we apologise for any inconvenience this essential improvement work may cause.”