Doddington work starts at long last

CONTRACTORS are finally to start work on the delayed £9 million project to provide improved health-care services at Doddington Hospital.

Sharon Gray, Project Manager for NHS Cambridgeshire, said drainage issues have finally been resolved and contractors are set to start on site shortly - almost six months after a special sod cutting ceremony was held heralding the start of ‘state of the art’ project in October.

The delay was blamed on drainage problems, which came to light after the work was scheduled to start.

But Ms Gray who admitted there had been a ‘mess-up’ said these had now been resolved with the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and the local drainage board. The solution means surface water from the site will not go into the Anglian Water system.

Initial work will involve the provision of a new car park and access road. Work on the main project to build 50 flats offering sheltered accommodation and 10 intermediate care beds will begin within the next couple of months.

It should be completed by July 2012 and the first occupants will move in shortly after that.

Sanctuary Group are creating the scheme in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire, Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

Once completed the sheltered housing complex will be put out to tender to find a suitable operator.

Work is already under-way to refurbish the main hospital building, which will include a new roof as well as internal improvements.

The minor injuries unit will have upgraded clinical space.

Ms Gray urged the public to take care when accessing the site, which will also have a charging point for electric cars, while the work is undertaken.