Doctor fears future expansion of Grimsby's hospital could be jeopardised if land is sold off
A MEDICAL consultant has raised fears over plans to sell off land at Grimsby's hospital.
Dr Kevin Speed a consultant haematologist at the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital, claims there will be "no room" for the future development of the site should the proposal go ahead.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG) has announced it intends to sell-off land and unused hospital buildings to potentially make way for 400 homes, as reported.
Land which has been earmarked for sale includes the old workhouse buildings, 4.2 hectares near Scartho Top where the helipad is located and open space running parallel to Scartho Road, where the Phoenix Cricket Club is based.
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The trust – which must make savings of £15 million a year until 2014 – will not disclose the value of the sites because it is "commercially sensitive" information, but the money made will be spent on hospital services.
Dr Speed said: "As it stands, all of the hospital's open space is to be sold off.
"If developers were to buy the land and begin building homes, the hospital would become very crowded and I think would lose its identity.
"The patients enjoy the open space and it can also benefit recovery if they are able to get out and about."
He said open space around the hospital has been "handy" for new developments in the past, such as building the family service unit, where maternity care is based, and also facilities for diabetes and cardiology patients.
"We will no doubt need to build more facilities to provide services in the future, but if we sell off all our land now, where could anything else go?" he asked.
"There has been no consideration in these plans for the future, it is all about the here and now."
Last week, a public consultation was held by CBRE property consultants, which is working with the hospital over the plans.
A CBRE spokesperson said: "Over the next few months we will look at the plans again with the hospital and North East Lincolnshire Council to see if any changes need to be made."
The director of facilities at the trust, Nigel Myhill, has previously told the Telegraph: "We are looking for the best option for the hospital and the community."