Frequently Asked Questions
What is being done about travel and transport to ensure that people can get to the hospital safely and quickly?The travel and transport issue is one of the biggest concerns around the building of the new hospital. People want to be assured that they will be able to get to the hospital safely and quickly.
Kevin Oxley explained that there has been elaborate planning with the Highways Agency and the local planning authority to make sure that the hospital will be as accessible as possible.
As a result of this we are required to spend £4.8m on highway improvements to the A19, A689 and access routes to ease congestion and improve traffic flow into and around the hospital.
We are also required to fund a public transport link for up to 10 years covering Stockton, Hartlepool, Easington and Peterlee. This will mean that there will be a bus going directly to the hospital every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 40 minutes at evenings and weekends.
Kevin said: “There has been an extensive range of measures put in place, particularly around public transport to make sure that people can get to the hospital as easily as possible.”
Is the £22m that it is going to cost to service the £300m loan going to come from patient care?
A lot of people are concerned that the £22m which will be required each year to service the £300m loan to build the new hospital at Wynyard will mean less money to be spent on patient care.
Director of operations Kevin Oxley wants to allay these fears and assure people that this will not be the case.
Kevin said: “Continu ing to run two general hospitals would in the longer term cost more than a new hospital. By concentrating all of our services onto one site we are saving in energy bills and many other, double-running costs.
Taking all of this into consideration it has been projected that on efficiency savings alone we will save around £25m per year, which more than covers the additional £22m that people are concerned about
Additionally, many parts of the current estate were designed and built in the 1960s and health care has moved on as have public expectations. The current facilities are dated and the hospitals would become more expensive to sustain and run. In the long term if we didn’t replace the two existing hospitals we would need to invest money in them which would mean that eventually we would have to borrow money anyway.
“We want to have the best facilities possible for the people we serve and we feel that investing in a state of the art hospital that meets the latest and future healthcare standards is the best way of doing that, now and for generations to come.”
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