New Cromer and District Hospital
The £12 million Sagle Bernstein legacy and the £1.4 million Phyllis Cox legacy have both been used to fund the new Cromer and District Hospital. Construction work on the new hospital began on 1 September 2010 and work was completed on the new building in March 2012 with the new car park opening in July 2012 after the old building was demolished.
The tender for the new Cromer and District Hospital was won in October 2007 by Mansell, a major operating company within Balfour Beatty plc. The Mansell team is based in Swaffham and includes the Norfolk architects Purcell Miller Tritton.
On July 23 2010, the Board of Directors of the trust approved the business case for the new hospital at a cost of £14.9 million.
The new £15 million facility includes an ophthalmic operating theatre plus new diagnostic services including a permanent on-site mammography (breast screening) service, and a DEXA scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis. A brand new MRI scanner was also installed in late 2010.
The Minor Injuries Unit on the ground floor has been named after Mrs Bernstein and the Procedure Unit on the first floor of the new hospital has been named after her sister Muriel Thoms. The Audiology Unit on the first floor has been named after Phyllis Cox.
The old Davison and Barclay ward areas of the current hospital have been retained and refurbished for use as a permanent renal dialysis unit with room for expansion. The first phase of construction work started in September 2010, and completed in autumn 2012.
You can see pictures on the North Norfolk News website (link below) of the old chimney and boilerhouse being demolished by the nibbler.