Progress on £300m Wynyard hospital hit by another delay

Paul Garvin.
Paul Garvin.

PROGRESS on a new £300m hospital at Wynyard has been hit by another delay as the Government and a watchdog continue to examine the plans.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is waiting for the go-ahead for the development from regulator Monitor and Department of Health from which hospital bosses are hoping to get £100m.

Trust chiefs have been involved in detailed talks with both parties in the last few months after submitting a revised business case in August last year.

They had been hoping to hear around Christmas if the business case was sound until Monitor and the Department of Health asked for more detail.

Updating trust executives at a board meeting yesterday, chairman Paul Garvin said: “Monitor have asked for enough information I think to fill a warehouse. But the team has responded well and we are going through the various stages.

“The clinical commissioning group team have also provided information and detail around the future for the health economy as a whole.

“It has been a tremendous amount of work.”

But Mr Garvin said recent talks had been “positive”, adding: “We should be getting some indication from the regulator and Department of Health before the next board meeting.”

The trust asked the Government for £100m to help fund the new hospital last year and has held a series of meetings with officials including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

It has also explored other options to fund the project, which has a target opening date of 2017, including pension funds.

Lynne Hodgson, the trust’s director of finance, told the board meeting they hoped to get “feedback” on the business case by mid-February.

A decision to update planning permission for the site at Wynyard is also due to go before Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee next month.

It is after the previous permission expired.