Work is due to start on a new £16.4m staff accommodation block at Grimsby hospital in Lincolnshire, it has been announced.
Following the granting of planning permission by North East Lincolnshire Council work will shortly begin on the modern “key worker” accommodation for nurses and doctors.
The block will consist of 96 student units and 124 studio apartments, said Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.
It added that its current residential accommodation at the Grimsby site was in need of “significant upgrading in order for it to be of a high enough standard to attract new staff”.
Staff feedback and surveys had shown that the provision of quality staff accommodation was a major recruitment and retention issue at the trust, it noted.
Jug Johal, the trust’s director of estates and facilities, said: “This is a much needed development as the current accommodation is in poor condition and in order for the trust to recruit and retain medical staff new modern accommodation is vital.”
Work is due to begin on 31 July and completion is expected in late 2018 with staff moving in early in 2019.