Lambert Hospital closed its doors in 2015 on the decision from NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
In June 2018, the hospital site was secured by Hambleton District Council, finally and permanently securing it for community use.
In January 2019 the people of Thirsk and Sowerby were asked how they thought the building would best serve their community, including a public meeting on 11 Feb 2019.
Almost 450 people answered the survey – with 165 attending the meeting. And those responses have confirmed initial proposals from the authority - to use the building for palliative / respite care through a local hospice. Just under 400 of the comments said they wanted to see a hospice, respite care, palliative care, dementia and mental health care, post hospital rehabilitation services, and other health related services provided at the Chapel Street location. Of them 168 asked for a hospice – with 73 specifying Herriot Hospice which has already drawn up plans on how it would use the building.
Herriot Hospice provided some initial designs for a possible use for the hospital, and we displayed these proposed plans at the public meeting on 11 Feb.
- Lambert Hospital proposed floor plans 1
- Lambert Hospital proposed floor plans 2
- Lambert Hospital area local plan
- 13 March 2019 - Hospital consultation - hundreds take part
- 23 January 2019 - Public views on future of hospital sought
- 10 October 2018 - Sale of hospital confirmed
- 19 June 2018 - Future of community hospital site secured
- 27 March 2018 - Bid for hospital site rejected
- 14 December 2017 - Joint talks on hospital site
- 6 December 2017 - Hospital site being explored
- 31 October 2016 - Hospital closure disappointing
- 25 July 2016 - Councillors back campaign to save hospital