On 6th March, 2019, over 40 Fleet residents gathered at the Lismoyne Hotel in Fleet to hear about planned improvements being made to Fleet Hospital.
The proposals for the site are to use existing space at the rear of the hospital to create an Integrated Care Centre with co-location of traditional “Community Nursing Team” with a new multidisciplinary “Integrated Care team”. To replace two current clinical rooms and accommodate two additional, flexible clinical rooms and administration spaces to enable the delivery and co-ordination of community services within the local area.
Attendees viewed presentations outlining the reasons for a move toward more integrated care. GPs Dr Steven Clarke and Dr Karl Bennett both talked about what the changes would mean for local people and the benefits to the wider population of working in a new way. The architects working on the project (BPG) shared their vision for the site and talked through the layout of the new areas and how they might be used by patients and professionals.
Local residents asked questions of the project team and gave feedback on the proposed changes. They broadly supported the work and the move towards more integrated working. It was felt that Fleet Hospital was greatly valued by the local community and that improvements would be welcomed.
Some of those present shared concerns, particularly about access, parking, public transport and the impact of new housing developments in the area. The project team was able to explain that the plans included the provision of 19 additional car parking spaces, which would be re-used repeatedly throughout the day, by both staff and patients. The team also explained that they were in constant communication with the local authority, public transport providers, voluntary sector groups and those involved in developing neighbourhood plans to ensure that due consideration of these issues is included in their planning processes.
A number of people asked why a minor injury unit was not being considered. The project team explained that this had been considered in the past and discounted on the grounds that it requires a much higher volume of patients to remain sustainable. A minor injury unit would also impact on transport and parking issues and would not be a viable option for the Fleet area. Instead the focus is on using new ways of working, encouraging people to access services in different ways, seeing the right health professional, at the right time and in the right place for them.
You can view some some visuals and a walkthrough video here.
Should you have any comments on the proposals or would like to discuss the project further please contact Claire Gunn at Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org.