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CVHT will work with G&W CCG and SCC on the selection of appropriate tenants for the accommodation block. The qualification for tenancy will be linked to an individual’s existing or anticipated healthcare-related contracts with local facilities (e.g. Cranleigh Medical Practice, Cranleigh Village Hospital, and Community Nursing services), and will include care/nursing staff as well as essential ancillary staff. In close liaison with local healthcare bodies, criteria will be agreed for selecting occupants and for setting the duration of tenancies.
HC-One will pay CVHT £1m for the lease of their part of the site and this, together with pledged donations from local benefactors, will cover the building costs, with the result that no additional capital funding will be required. The envisaged rental income from the block, in the region of £95,000 per annum, will be used to subsidise the beds, support services in the Village Hospital, support the Community Nursing Team and the Cranleigh Medical Practice.
The beds will be paid for by G&W CCG and SCC, according to use, in a combined block contract arrangement with HC-One.
The project cost is approximately £14m.
CVHT will continue to own the site in perpetuity.
The Heads of Terms agreement has addressed any anticipated risk factors.
The opportunity to partner with HC-One makes the return of free at the point of access in-patient beds a reality.
The 20 Community Beds will be used in the same way as the original 14 Cranleigh Hospital beds save that they will be delivered as part of a Care Home because the NHS will not agree to a small “stand alone” unit for clinical governance and financial reasons. The provision of the beds as part of a Care Home allows for the efficient and well managed treatment of patients in excellent surroundings.
CVHT previously had planning consent for a new “Cottage Hospital” in 2003 but, despite detailed negotiations, the NHS was not willing to fund it and the local need for a minor injuries unit was not proven. CVHT still supports and lobbies for such a unit to be included in the Village Hospital along with more diagnostic services. It welcomes the newly opened X-ray unit as part of the overall health care strategy for Cranleigh. The new Community Beds will complement these facilities.