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Newark Hospital

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been in the services offered by Newark Hospital over the last three years. [119223]

[holding answer 16 June 2003]: All of the local health and social care organisations within north Nottinghamshire were created post-April 2000.A merging of acute services of Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare National Health Service Trust into Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust came into effect from 1 April 2001. This resulted in an increase in income for the trust between 2000–01 and 2001–02.A new clinical strategy was agreed for Newark Hospital in 2002. The implementation of this strategy will require additional investment into the hospital. This investment will be funded from sources such as the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust block capital allocation and the local delivery plan for 2003–04 to 2005–06.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to create a paediatric facility at Newark Hospital. [119224]

[holding answer 16 June 2003]: There is already a paediatric outpatient service available at Newark Hospital. The clinical strategy for the hospital, which was established in 2002, includes the retention of that service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to change acute services offered in Newark hospital in the immediate future. [119225]

[holding answer 16 June 2003]: There are no plans to change the existing acute services provided by Newark hospital.There is agreement between Sherwood Forest hospitals national health service trust and the three local primary care trusts—Newark and Sherwood PCT, Ashfield PCT and Mansfield PCT—that acute services in central Nottinghamshire will be delivered from King's Mill and Newark hospitals.