Cromer hospital is set for major expansion to services

Operational manager Iain Young with matron Anita Martins. Picture: Eleanor Pringle

Operational manager Iain Young with matron Anita Martins. Picture: Eleanor Pringle - Credit: Archant

Cromer Hospital's management team has announced it will be expanding its services by opening a new building in 2019.

Cromer and District Hospital
Photo by Mark Bullimore

Cromer and District Hospital Photo by Mark Bullimore

Executives at the hospital met yesterday to discuss the renovation of an existing building to be used more effectively as a new chemotherapy and blood transfusion centre.

The new wing will also provide a range of other clinics, including infusions and rheumatology.

Iain Young, operational manager at Cromer and District Hospital said: 'We don't yet know how much this will cost, or how many more people it will help.

'But it will free up space in the main Cromer Hospital, and as well as helping ease pressure at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and will provide more services to our patients who can be treated closer to home.'

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Currently the community hospital offers most of the services and clinics which are provided by the NHS foundation trust, including plastic surgery, neurology and paediatrics.

'What's so special about the Cromer Hospital is that it is for the people, and of the people,' said hospital matron Anita Martins.

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'It's very much a nurse-lead facility and nurses get to establish a real bond with their patients who they see regularly. It's also a calmer atmosphere because we don't have the same pressure around beds which other hospitals do.'

Ms Martins, who has worked at the district hospital for 20 years, continued: 'The biggest change I've seen is the technology and the treatments, as well as becoming a really nurse-lead facility.'

'We've just celebrated 150 years of the Cromer Hospital,' Mr Young added. 'Now it's time to start thinking about the next 150.

'Our greatest demand here is for dermatology, and we predict that will increase as the 70s generation begin to come through, as they didn't have the same education and awareness of skin damage that we have now.'

Staff at the Cromer Hospital are inviting members of the public to learn more about the hospital redevelopment, and ask questions of the staff, at a special event from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, October 25.

Members of the public will be able to learn more about the services on offer at the district hospital, as well as talking to staff about the plans to further increase the services available.

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