Exciting plans announced for the Ellen Badger Hospital
Exciting plans have been announced to develop and expand the Ellen Badger Hospital, bringing more services to Shipston.
Plans have been approved by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) to develop a new, enhanced inpatient facility at the hospital. This £500,000 investment will help provide health services for the local community. Work started on the site in January 2018 and is expected to be complete by April 2018.
The refurbishment is the first phase of a longer term development plan for Ellen Badger Hospital. Working in partnership with the League of Friends of Ellen Badger Hospital, SWFT has just purchased a plot of land next to the hospital, which will allow more services to be delivered locally. To identify what services local residents would benefit from, SWFT will be inviting partners and members of the community to share their views and give feedback at dedicated events (to be announced).
The League of Friends is extremely supportive of these plans and has gifted £635,000 to SWFT to support this project.
Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development at SWFT said: “This is a very exciting time for Ellen Badger Hospital...It is fantastic that we are able to develop the site to improve services for the community of Shipston and surrounding areas.”
Frances French, Chair of the League of Friends, said: “The League are absolutely delighted that SWFT has acquired this land. We are grateful both to John Peart and Percy Lomas whose legacies have made our contribution to this exciting opportunity possible.”
Dr Gilder, Senior Partner at Shipston Medical Centre, said: “We are delighted to hear about the development at the Ellen Badger Hospital. Shipston Medical Centre will be working with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust to help identify services which will benefit our population. We will also continue to seek opportunities for the development of a new Medical Centre”.
Pictured top right: Outside Ellen Badger Hospital (left-right): Dr Gilder, Senior Partner at Shipston Medical Centre, Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development at SWFT, Frances French, Chair of the League of Friends, Chris Thorogood, member of the League of Friends.