Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site scheme will provide `millions' for NHS
DERBY Hospitals NHS Trust says the sale of land from the city's former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site will make it "millions of pounds".
Derrick Conway, in charge of the redevelopment scheme for the NHS, said he could not reveal an exact sum for how much could be made, for commercial reasons.
But he said that, while some of the cash would need to be used to pay for services and staff still on the hospital site to be relocated, other money could be spent on new equipment for the city's hospitals.
Mr Conway said: "We have lots of ideas for how we would spend the money but that decision is still to be made.
"There are aspirations for spending to increase our numbers of CT and MRI scanners."
He said there were three services still operating on the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary site, all of which are set to be relocated by autumn.
The NHS was yesterday unable to say how many staff would have to move but said they had all been informed this would be happening and that it "wouldn't come as a surprise".
One service is the amputee rehabilitation centre, which will move to London Road Community Hospital.
The others are a workshop for orthotics, the medical practice of designing, manufacturing and applying prosthetic feet, and a "gait lab" where doctors assess people's walking.
Both of these will be transferred to Derby Royal Hospital.
The only medical building remaining on site will be a walk-in centre, run by Derby Health United.
Mr Conway said: "This is the culmination of three years of planning and we are delighted to have reached this stage.
"What has been a great asset for the NHS will become a thriving community and continue to be an asset for Derby."
Sue James, chief executive of Derby hospitals, said she believed the UKR phase of redeveloping the site would "complement the overall redevelopment and regeneration of the former hospital site into a vibrant new area".