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Volunteer Jane Crowther and matron Jullie Ellery standing outside the new Tewkesbury Community Hospital The completion of Tewkesbury Community Hospital is in sight with contractors Seddon working to finish the new 20-bed facility, which is expected to be up and running by the end of the summer.

Matron Julie Ellery, of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, said: “It’s exciting to be nearing the final stage of the build, and our staff are busy behind the scenes making final preparations for the move across from our present site. We’re planning to throw the doors open for a community open day beforehand, so that everyone can come and take a tour, admire our wonderful new pieces of artwork and see what a fantastic community facility Tewkesbury is going to have.”

The new hospital facilities will include 20 inpatient beds, a minor injuries unit, facilities for outpatients clinic as now, theatre with recovery suite for day case and minor surgical procedures, and an assessment and rehabilitation unit.

Theatre manager Lisa Ryland added: “My grandmother was a cook at our present hospital, which I remember visiting as a child, so I do have fond memories of the building. But when I looked round the new hospital this week, I was overwhelmed by how lucky we are in Tewkesbury, it is absolutely fantastic and I feel we will have a wonderful service to offer.”

Volunteer and former nurse Jane Crowther added: “The hospital has long been at the heart of Tewkesbury, and we have a great team of volunteers of all ages and walks of life who help support its work in a variety of ways. We’re looking forward to moving to the new site, and to showing people round the new hospital facilities at our open day later this summer.”

The old hospital building will be demolished once the new site is operational, making way for development which is expected to be a new primary healthcare facility.

Photo: Volunteer Jane Crowther and matron Julie Ellery at the rear of Tewkesbury's new community hospital

Keep checking this website for details of Tewkesbury Community Hospital Open Day to be held later this summer.