At last - progress on New QE2 Hospital after papers signed

PUBLISHED: 12:31 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:31 03 April 2013

The latest architect's image of what the New QE2 Hospital will look like

The latest architect's image of what the New QE2 Hospital will look like

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WORK on a new £30m hospital will begin this month after contractual delays held up the start date.

Diggers and builders will descend on WGC to start work on WGC’s revamped QE2 Hospital after the papers were signed last week.

There had been a delay due to an overhaul to the health service – which has seen NHS Hertfordshire abolished – which had caused problems for funder Aviva, sparking discussions with the Department of Health.

But before the Primary Care Trust disappeared it oversaw the financial close of the project.

Stuart Bloom, chairman of NHS Hertfordshire, said: “I am delighted that our hard work over the past few years has reached this significant milestone before the PCT hands responsibility for services to the East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group

“I look forward to seeing the construction work progress over the next two years.”

The Howlands site is to be redeveloped into a smaller hospital after health bosses decided to move services to the expanded Lister Hospital, in Stevenage.

Among the new improvements will be a Local A&E, outpatients services, diagnostic facilities and therapy provision.

The new QE2 was originally scheduled to open in Spring next year but it has been pushed back until 2015.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has welcomed the news.

He said: “You’ll recall that ever since the previous government pulled the plug on the promised Hatfield super-hospital, we’ve seen our major services stripped out and sent to the Lister in Stevenage.

“But at last, it is time for us to get a modern hospital which will be fit-for-purpose in the 21st century.

“Sadly it won’t contain everything that the QE2 once did, however all the services currently offered will be rebuilt in a modern fit-for-purpose facility - including a Local A&E (covering the same cases as now) and an improved service for children.”

The first stage of the work will see temporary car parks developed.

Building work will managed by Assemble Community Health Partnerships with Mansells as the building contractor.


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