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New community hospital gets go-ahead in Clitheroe
10:00pm Friday 11th January 2013 in News
NHS bosses have given approval to start construction work on the proposed new community hospital in Clitheroe.
The plan to build a two-storey, 4,050 square metre hospital will revolutionise health care provision in the Ribble Valley, say some health experts.
The hospital will be located on land off Chatburn Road and have 32 in-patient beds. A residential redevelopment on the existing Clitheroe Community Hospital site is the subject of a separate outline application for planning permission.
Dr Ian Whyte, GP and chair of the Ribblesdale Locality Commissioning Group, said: “This is great news and something we have long campaigned for.
"The new facilities will enable us to commission services for local people closer to home and ensure effective local health services in the Ribble Valley for many years to come.
"The new community hospital will provide state of the art facilities fit for 21st Century health care and support to GP commissioners in responding to the health needs of local patients”.