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.