Chemotherapy and blood transfusions and new surgical treatments will be offered at Cromer Hospital as part of an expansion plan announced today, October 6.
Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) NHS Foundation Trust which runs the hospital has agreed to redevelop one of the original buildings on the Cromer and District Hospital site and bring it up to modern standards.
Part of this building has been modernised already and contains the renal dialysis unit.
An existing building on the hospital site will be redeveloped to create the new medical unit which will provide services such as chemotherapy, blood transfusion and rheumatology treatments.
It will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver surgical treatments in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.
A spokesman said that due to the previous generosity of local individuals and the community they were able to use existing charitable funds to fund much of the scheme.
The NHS pays for the staffing and running costs of Cromer Hospital and this will include the new unit. A new fundraising campaign will be launched later in the year to help achieve the full amount needed for the building and the equipment.
A public exhibition is being held on Wednesday October 25, from 4pm to 8pm, at Cromer Hospital, where people will be able to find out more about the plans and get involved.
Simon Hackwell, director of strategy at NNUH, said: “We will be redeveloping one of the original buildings on the site, bringing it up to modern standards and using it for medical treatments. This will benefit local people who can be treated without travelling to Norwich”.
Iain Young, operational manager for Cromer and District Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to offer more services to patients in North Norfolk and further afield.”
Carol Edwards, public governor and chair of the Cromer Appeal sub-committee, said: “We are working with Cromer Community and Hospital Friends and other organisations to raise the money and enhance the care available for local people and we will be publicising this more over the forthcoming months, including how individuals and groups can help with fundraising.”
Cromer Hospital currently treats over 140,000 patients each year, up from 106,000 when the redeveloped hospital opened in in 2012. It provides a wide range of consultant-led outpatient services and day-case procedures. There is also a Minor Injuries Unit which operates seven days a week.