Moorgreen Hospital under closure threat
In a very short sighted report the Strategic Health Authority Board has concluded that at least half the Moorgreen hospital site is surplus to requirements and even worst still in the long term the remaining older persons mental health services could be removed and the entire site shut to health care provision.
Speaking on this issue local West End councillor David Goodall said :-
"As a community we need more good local health care provision and not less. The current thinking appears to be to centralise all services in the centre of Southampton and is driven more by cost factors than actually providing the health service required."
"There is clearly a need for large regional specialist centres like Southampton General, but not all health services need to be provided in this manner. There is still the need to provide local and district based health services. There should be balance between the two."
The health plan for the area termed "Greater Southampton" was first published in March 2006 and subsequently at the end of June approved by the Strategic Health Authority Board says to relation to the Moorgreen Hospital site:-
- The future role and function of the site to be older persons mental health services (in the interim while longer term options are considered), Countess Mountbatten House (end of life care) and a primary care development/integrated care centre (subject to further consideration of needs taking account of the South East house building targets)
- 50% of the Moorgreen hospital site to be surplus to requirements and will be sold (2006/2007-2007/2008). This would include land occupied by the main hospital building and the Allington House site. A further tranche of land may be surplus depending on the finalisation of longer term plans for older persons mental health and community services
- Older persons mental health services to be transferred from Allington House to the Tom Rudd Unit at Moorgreen Hospital.
- Services from the Main Hospital to be transferred to the Tom Rudd unit at Moorgreen Hospital.
However at the last Full council at Eastleigh Borough Council this decision was condemned at short-slighted nonsense by speakers from all sides of the political spectrum and the following motion was passed. :-
- Council notes that at a recent meeting with Southampton Primary Care Trust the owners of the Moorgreen Hospital site revealed that significant parts of the site are regarded as surplus to future health service requirements and are likely to be sold for redevelopment.
- Council further notes that:
- a) the Borough's recently adopted Local Plan identifies this site as a Special Policy Area for the exclusive use of healthcare services;
- b) the Council has long sought improved health provision for the southern part of the Borough; and
- c) the South East Plan shows growth of a further 6,000 new homes in a Strategic Development Area north/north-east of Hedge End by 2026.
- Council resolves to continue to support enhanced health provision at the Moorgreen site, to oppose the removal of health services from this location and the disposal of the site for other land uses.
The important part for any developers to note is only health services should be provided on this site.