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Sale of hospital confirmed

Published on Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Cllr Robson with Kevin Hollinrake
Cllr Robson with Kevin Hollinrake

Hambleton District Council has today (Wednesday October 10) confirmed that it is buying the former Lambert Memorial Hospital in Thirsk.

It has agreed heads of terms with NHS Property Services which has accepted the authority’s offer for the Chapel Street site.

The authority will now begin public consultation with local people to decide what future use it should be put to - saving it for the community to which it was bequeathed.

The deal is a result of work by local MP Kevin Hollinrake and Council Leader, Councillor Mark Robson to find a way to use the building for community use.

“The Lambert Memorial Hospital closed its doors to patients three years ago and we have been pushing hard to confirm its sale to us for the last year,” said Cllr Robson (pictured left with Kevin Hollinrake)

“It has been a long process but we can now start to look at how we can bring the building back to life – and that will include asking local people what they want to see it used for.”

David Elstob, principal transaction manager at NHS Property Services, added: “We are pleased to have agreed a deal with Hambleton District Council, which will lead to vital capital receipts being reinvested into a transformed NHS estate that supports the health service in delivering excellent patient care.”

The council is now waiting for legal work to be completed to seal the sale.