Update on the St Luke’s project provided by Dr David Sharp, Director for NHS England in Leicestershire, on behalf of NHS England, NHS Property Services and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG, at the Community Leadership Scrutiny Panel in Market Harborough on Thursday 11 September 2014.
Thank you for inviting me back again to give councillors as a group a further update on progress of the St Luke’s project on behalf of NHS England, NHS Property Services and East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG.
Current stage of the project
As announced to the public and councillors in June, Morgan Sindall have been appointed as the contractor by NHS Property Services.
They are now working with NHS Property Services to complete the final design and cost analysis, which we call the final business case. This work is on schedule to be completed by the end of October.
We will share the design of the new building with councillors and the wider public when Morgan Sindall have completed them. This will be on the basis of ‘subject to final approval’ as this final business case has to go to the boards of the three partner organisations (CCG, NHS England and NHS Property Services) for that final approval. We expect this all to happen in the next few months before my next update to the Scrutiny Panel.
As reported in June when NHS Property Services announced Morgan Sindall’s appointment, work is due to start on site early next year with the doors opening to the public in early 2016 (February).
I am aware that a community petition regarding the war memorial has been sent to Simon Stevens, NHS England’s chief executive. I would like to reassure councillors again that, in the event the district hospital is declared surplus by commissioners, the NHS will work with the Council to agree a future home for the memorial.
NHS Property Services own the district hospital and, at any such time as it is no longer required for clinical services, they will take the lead on ensuring that the memorial will be appropriately preserved and continue to remain within the local community.
They have asked some architects to produce some impressions of what the memorial might look like should it need to be relocated and these will be shared with councillors via Norman Proudfoot by the end of October.
I would reiterate that Market Harborough District Hospital is not on the market and remains in use with services continuing to run from it, and members of the public are welcome to go and view the war memorial.
We continue to work closely with East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG and other health organisations, the members and officers of Harborough Council, and the wider community to move things forward, and we will be looking to engage extensively with public, patients, partners and stakeholders as the project develops.
As agreed with Norman Proudfoot, I will come to your meeting on 22 January 2015 to give a further update. Should there be any significant developments before this, I will contact Norman to agree how best to ensure all the Councillors are kept informed..