Flint Hospital Site Protected for the Future
Flintshire County Council is stepping in to secure the future of the Flint Community Hospital site.
The former community hospital played an important part in the history of the town. There has been considerable local public interest in the hospital site and its future since the community hospital was closed.
Flintshire County Council’s Leader and local member, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:
“This is a very sensitive site in the town of Flint. Flintshire County Council and the Health Board are anxious that following the arson attack the site is made safe and secure.
“Looking to the future, the Council is looking to expand its range of care home provision. The current Croes Atti home provides care for 30 residents which, as a Council, we hope to expand. This could be done on site but would require the closure of the home to allow for work to be undertaken. The least disruptive option would be to build a new care home on the site of the former hospital.
“We are looking to work with the Health Board to provide a new 60 bed home on the site of the former hospital site in Flint. We hope to work in partnership with the Heath Board to provide a “step up step down” care facility on the redeveloped site. This is only the first step in this process and we need to work closely with the community in the Flint area and the Health Board to achieve a state of the art facility that continues to provide the best of care, in a modern setting for the residents of Flintshire.”
Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director of Planning and Performance at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
“Following a recent arson attack at the former Flint Community Hospital a site inspection by structural engineers has confirmed that the building is in a dangerous condition. Therefore the Health Board feels that demolishing the building and transferring the land to Flintshire County Council to invest in new residential care facilities on the site will be the best option to support the local community.
“It has been some time since the building was used to deliver health care services and in 2018 a new £5m Health and Wellbeing Centre was opened in Flint to provide a range of services for the town in a modern, fit-for-purpose building.
“This included new Audiology, Heart Failure and Physiotherapy services and this has enabled people to have a range of treatments in the community, which they couldn’t previously.”
As part of the exciting concept, the Health Board plans to provide “step up step down” care beds and nursing support for hospital patients.