Derbyshire hospital hit by asbestos awaiting its fate

22nd October 2014

A decision regarding the future of a hospital in Derbyshire in which asbestos was found is set to be made this week.

The Heanor Memorial Hospital, on Ilkeston Road, Heanor has been closed since last year. Asbestos was found in a boiler room during a routine inspection, prompting staff to correctly call the authorities. However, more of the deadly dust was later found in other parts of the building.

Now, after almost a year, a decision is set to be made on its fate, derbytelegraph.co.uk reports.

Since closing, Heanor Memorial’s clinics and services have been operating out of Ilkeston Community Hospital. In the meantime, the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been seeking “the best way forward”.

The group’s chief officer, Andy Layzell, said: “Since our first meeting in January, more than 1,000 people in the town have been to meetings. Our governing body will now review the outcome of the consultation and come to a final decision at a public meeting.”

There has been talk that the hospital and its Wilmott Street health centre would be demolished and replaced with a brand new £2.5 million facility, ripleyandheanornews.co.uk reports.

The final decision is set to be made at a public meeting this Friday (October 24) at Oakland Village, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote.