There’s a bright future ahead for Fleetwood Hospital with the announcement the building has been purchased as a valuable new resource for the Town and the community.
The new owners are the Fleetwood Trust and their plans for the site include maintaining and increasing the NHS care provision, while also creating new community spaces for the benefit of local residents. The Fleetwood Trust are pictured in the above photo (left to right): Tom Birch, Canon John Hall, Rebecca Murdoch, Frank Heald, Lord Tom McNally (chair), Canon Alf Hayes, Tracey Bush, Andy Charles, Bev Lucas and David Gore.
The Fleetwood Trust is a not-for profit group of individuals representing the community as residents; health care professionals; business, voluntary and faith leaders.
Fleetwood Hospital gets support from the Prince’s Foundation
Fleetwood Trust, the owners of Fleetwood Hospital, are delighted to announce that The Prince’s Foundation, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, will be supporting them with their plans to develop the Hospital into a new and vital community-led facility.
The announcement was officially made at a community event at Fleetwood Hospital on Thursday 13th December. Residents and local organisations heard an outline of the Trust’s plans and were given the chance to share their ideas and suggestions to help shape future uses for the Hospital.
Fleetwood Hospital is one of a small select group of high-impact community projects chosen this year to celebrate HRH The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday. The 7 for 70 Projects exemplify His Royal Highness’s deep passion for building and supporting local communities. It draws on The Prince’s Foundation experience of engaging with local people to create harmonious and sustainable communities.
Rigorous selection process
Fleetwood Hospital went through a rigorous selection process to be shortlisted for 7 for 70. It was chosen from over 90 other potential projects across the UK.
The Prince’s Foundation was attracted to the project by the local need for particular services and the opportunity to provide these facilities and services to people in Fleetwood by adapting the former hospital. The Prince’s Foundation will apply its skills in community engagement, planning and design to support the Trust in delivering a hub of community support. A broad spectrum of issues will be included, from health and wellbeing to social care and family welfare.
Working in partnership with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Trust’s aim is for the Hospital to maintain and increase NHS care provision in Fleetwood. Discussions are at an advanced stage with the NHS Trust to see supportive and rehabilitative healthcare available on the site for patients in recovery. At the same time creating new community spaces on-site for the benefit of local residents.
Great news for Fleetwood
Trustee Frank Heald is delighted to have the support of The Prince’s Foundation:
“This is great news for the Hospital and for Fleetwood as a whole.
“The support from The Prince’s Foundation is a massive boost to the project.The exemplary background and expert skills of The Prince’s Foundation will make a real difference to delivering the Hospital back to the people of Fleetwood.”
Kim Hitch, Director of Projects, The Prince’s Foundation, said:
“It’s the future use of the building that’s so exciting. We want to create a place that serves the current and future needs of the community and is therefore fully inclusive, accessible and sustainable for the long-term.”
About The Prince’s Foundation
The Prince’s Foundation is headquartered at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire. It’s been set up to sustain the legacy of many of The Prince of Wales’s charities. The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts come under the umbrella of the new charity, while retaining their current offices.
The Prince’s Foundation focuses on delivering work to improve the built environment, save heritage and promote culture. It runs community education projects across the UK in a broad range of subject areas, including traditional arts and science, heritage, design and architecture, horticulture, health and personal care.
About Fleetwood Trust
The Fleetwood Trust was formed in 2018 and is made up of people born, bred and active in the Town and the Fylde Coast as residents; health care professionals; business, voluntary and faith leaders. They will operate on a not-for-profit basis, working closely with the many partner organisations in Fleetwood for the benefit of the community.
A new space for community led facilities
Published 1 December 2018
Trustee Frank Heald said, “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for Fleetwood. We will be working closely with the previous owners Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group and other partners so residents can look forward to increased and much-needed care services in the Town. The site will also become a new, vibrant, community-led facility.”
The purchase price and the costs of refurbishment to the roof and other initial works has been secured by anonymous donation and scaffolding is already in place for this to begin.
Discussions are at an advanced stage to see supportive and rehabilitative healthcare available on the site for patients in recovery and more information will be presented soon. Wendy Swift, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fleetwood Trust on developing this site into what will become a vital community asset for the town. The Trust will benefit from works that will help improve the experience for patients and staff.’’
A bright future ahead for Fleetwood Hospital
Consultation on how the building could be utilised has been identified by the Trust as integral to its long-term sustainability and this will begin before the end of the year.
Fellow trustee Canon John Hall added, “We will be welcoming everyone within the Town to suggest uses for the public spaces and want to find imaginative solutions. It’s about creating an environment where individuals can engage with each other to develop their skills and confidence, something for the whole community to take pride in.
There is so much good work going on in Fleetwood between all parties and we want the building to act as catalyst for the future but it’s important that we take nothing for granted. We need to identify what is really needed and don’t duplicate or detract from what is already available elsewhere in the Town.”
Further details regarding specific aspects of the project and information on the many ways residents and local organisations will be able to give their suggestions to help shape the new facilities will be announced by the Fleetwood Trust in the coming weeks.
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