FINANCE: Patients in north Norfolk are to benefit from substantial investments in community facilities. A £3.7m redevelopment of North Walsham Community Hospital is now finished and a new health centre in Aylsham is also nearing completion. Both units will be managed by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

The new community inpatient unit at North Walsham will offer 24 general rehabilitation beds – 16 more than was available in the old hospital, which was demolished at the end of 2011.

Both developments were part of NHS Norfolk and Waveney’s intermediate care review which was outlined in 2007. The plan also incorporated the closure of St Michael’s Hospital, Aylsham. and the relocation of services to other appropriate, purpose-built units across the county. Any remaining patients from St Michael’s are being transferred to North Walsham and outpatient clinics will transfer to the new health centre

Michael Scott, NCH&C’s chief executive, added: “These projects are a fantastic example of investment into local NHS services. Thanks to the long-term planning of local provision and the development of services to meet the health and care needs of our local communities, patients will soon be able to access high-quality care from two brand new units.”