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Hospital future - decision looming

Published on Tuesday, 16th July 2019

Lambert Hospital

The future of a former Thirsk hospital looks set to be decided in September.

Hambleton District Council bought the Lambert Hospital earlier this year to save it for the community it served. It closed its doors to patients over three years ago.

Councillors have considered a wide range of ideas on how to convert the buildings - which included undertaking widespread public consultation to gather local views. More than 600 people put forward suggestions – most of which confirmed initial proposals from the authority - to use the building for palliative/respite care through a local hospice, with many specifying Herriot Hospice.

“Local people are passionate about keeping the Lambert for community use – and so are we,” said Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.

“We are now working to bring this important building back into use. We are in talks with Herriot Hospice, looking at how a hospice might work in this space - this is something we need not just for the town but for the district as a whole.”

He said a report with proposals to establish a hospice facility on the site will go to Cabinet in September.