Graham Vincent [Chair of the Comforts Fund of the Sidmouth Victoria Hospital] outlined the five stages of work on upgrading the hospital since 1989, with the final Stage Five scheduled for completion in June 2014, entailing new physiotherapy facilities, single wards and a day-case surgery.
The Future: Graham Vincent felt that a well-educated public – whether with regard to diet, exercise or preventive medicine – would become more responsible for their own well-being.
Futures Forum: The Future for Health in Sidmouth: report
The Comforts Fund has been central in raising funds for the cottage hospital:
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However, 'cottage hospital' is perhaps a misnomer: the current Stage 5 of new investment will include new physiotherapy facilities, as outlined by Comforts Fund chair Graham Vincent - and it also offers surgery:
Sidmouth Victoria Hospital
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Peter Schranz and his
theatres team at Sidmouth
At Sidmouth Victoria Hospital we provide the same high quality of care as we do at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre.
Our consultant surgeons carry out shoulder, elbow and knee surgery in Sidmouth and their patients are able to return home the same day they have their operation.
You can find us at:
Sidmouth Victoria Hospital,
Public pay & display car parks in Sidmouth town centre
Free disabled parking spaces at the hospital
The new entrance and reception area should be completed early in January - and there should be more parking available once Stage 5 is completed later in 2014.
RD&E NHS FT - PEOC
See also: Futures Forum: Sidmouth Victoria Hospital refurbishment