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Dursley hospital vision unveiled

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: December 16, 2009

<P>An artist's impression of how the new &#163;10million Dursley Community Hospital could look.</P>

An artist's impression of how the new £10million Dursley Community Hospital could look.

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This is how Dursley's new £10million community hospital could look in 2012.

The health and social care centre for the Berkeley Vale is set to be built at the Littlecombe regeneration site near Kingshill Lane – as exclusively revealed by Stroud Life in October.

NHS Gloucestershire has unveiled this pictures of how it could look.

The new stand-alone building will replace the existing Berkeley Hospital and Sandpits Clinic in Dursley.

The Symn Lane Clinic in Wotton-under-Edge will stay open.

The Department of Health has announced funding to help support development of the new facility, which was estimated to cost around £10million in March this year.

A planning application has been submitted to Stroud District Council. It will be considered early next year.

The campus will provide 20 beds in individual rooms for medical care and rehabilitation, an extended range of outpatient clinics and community therapy services, an assessment centre including a minor injuries and illness service and diagnostic services such as X-ray with scope for mobile services such as MRI.

Community teams of health and social care staff will work jointly to support people in their own homes, using new technology such as telecare.

Health chiefs say intensive support like this, provided locally, will help to reduce the number of unnecessary hospital admissions and reduce the length of time people need to stay in hospital.

"This is an exciting project which aims to provide integrated care and treatment in the best possible environment for the patient and in the right way to meet their individual needs," said NHS Gloucestershire chief executive Jan Stubbings.

The new hospital is due to open in 2012.

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