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Government announces new wave of community hospitals

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The government has announced a new wave of community hospitals across England.

A new £132m programme will refurbish hospitals as part of a drive to improve primary care services and move minor operations, medical tests and follow-up care away from major acute hospitals.

Facilities set to be improved are at Malvern Community Hospital, Horsea, Beverley and Driffield community hospitals in East Riding, Selby Community Hospital and Moreton and Bourton Community Hospitals in the north Cotswolds.

Bath’s Keynsham Park Hospital, St Mary’s hospital in Portsmouth, Berkeley Vale in Gloucestershire and St Charles hospital in Kensington, London will also benefit.

There will also be a new walk-in centre in Hartlepool housing GP services, a minor injuries unit and maternity and diagnostic services.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said: ‘We are not just building like-for-like replacements of existing buildings, we are rethinking the way the NHS provides care so that patients receive better, more convenient services.’

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