New talks over hospital sites

THE future of Sudbury’s two former hospitals, Walnuttree and St Leonard’s, and People’s Park in Harp Close Meadow, are to be discussed at a meeting next month.

The West Suffolk NHS Trust is inviting “stakeholders” in Sudbury to a forum on May 3 to discuss what will happen to the hospital buildings and land which are being replaced by the town’s multi-million health centre to be built in Church Field Road.

Work is expected to start on the much-awaited new health centre in August next year, taking 15 months to complete, and hopes are that the part-single and two-storey building 3,300 square metre building, with car parking for 180 cars, will be open in early 2014. It will include x-ray, midwifery, physiotherapy and paediatric services,

Services are continuing to be provided from Walnuttree and St Leonard’s until they can be transferred to the new health centre.

A spokesman for West Suffolk Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “With the help of Sudbury Town Council, a range of key stakeholders have been invited to take part so that they can ask questions and share their views at an early stage in the process.

“We will use the feedback we receive from the meeting to help us prepare for individual formal public consultation events for each site.

“Any capital receipts from the sale of the sites will be re-invested into meeting the healthcare needs of people living in the communities served by West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.”