Planning bid for two storey training building at Princess Alexandra Hospital

Health / Mon 22nd Apr 2024 at 12:57pm

A PLANNING application for a two storey training building at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) has been submitted to the planning department at Harlow Council.

The two-storey training facility is required by the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust for
training clinical and non-clinical teams to support the hospital and wider healthcare
professionals in Harlow.

The application states: The Council and Harlow Health Centres Trust are working
together to expand health facilities for existing population growth and will work with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (West and East Essex and North Hertfordshire) and NHS England to deliver new health facilities as part of planned growth.

New healthcare facilities will be delivered where necessary, as part of new settlements ideally located
in accessible locations, situated in a local centre with a range of other community facilities. Increasing capacity within current infrastructure will also be explored.

The full application can be found on the Harlow Council website. Go to the planning page and search for HW/FUL/24/00054

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19 Comments for Planning bid for two storey training building at Princess Alexandra Hospital:

2024-04-22 13:29:11

So we are sending money on a site that will be sold when A new hospital is build

Peter Henegan
2024-04-22 14:06:03

Agree Tony, if it was their money would things be done differently. Are there no buildings that could be used eg GSK building, Sydenham House, the old BHS even the old Odeon

2024-04-22 14:37:13

Gsk , too big , sydenham house seems perfect.

2024-04-22 17:58:14

The old cinema has been empty and deteriorating for years, the council should carry out regular safety inspections and the current owner should be billed for such.

2024-04-22 18:09:14

I think this is a good indicator that the new hospital just isn't happening, as we suspected

2024-04-22 18:26:21

Nothing as wasteful as government or the NHS. I thought the new hospital was going to built the other side of town so why waste money building this. Why not look at the KAO park, or the innovation park, surely with all the office space in Harlow which is currently unused there must be something more sensible

2024-04-22 19:07:39

I suspect there never was a new hospital. Shame on our MP and his party. One more lie to add to the ma y.

David Forman
2024-04-23 00:27:29

It fits in with the last Labour government's 'Care Closer to the Home' strategy. It is also on the next Labour government's agenda as part of their 'prevention, not cure' strategy. The Tories also published a paper on this in 2015. In Cuba they use polyclinics situated in local centres, which is gaining greater acceptance outside Cuba since the Covid pandemic. See Kings Fund document: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/insight-and-analysis/reports/making-care-closer-home-reality

David Forman
2024-04-23 00:29:05

To understand why Cuba's polyclinics work so well, see following article: https://monthlyreview.org/2018/06/01/the-birth-of-the-cuban-polyclinic/

Peter Henegan
2024-04-23 07:58:59

David, your comment puzzled me at first. The criticism here is aimed at the building of a new building for training rather than use an existing structure. Your comments re polyclinics relates, presumably, to actual health care; do we not have these in the form of our local health centres, something I believe was pioneered in the design of Harlow.

2024-04-23 08:11:59

My first thought like others was why build when in theory we are building a new hospital. Could it be that NHS know labour are coming and that they will cut these new builds. (If they actually excist). So getting in before labour take over. I had an idea though why not have a Doctors surgery in every local area looking after peoples health needs. They could train new nurses and doctors and look after the community. Then I thought we already have that and its not working now. As I have mentioned before I our public authorities fritter money away with impunity. Aided by politicians of all parties jumping on board to make it look good for them. Unfortunatly whilst we let politicians and local authority decision makers hold our health care to the flavour of the month money will continue to be poured into the NHS black hole. How about the Council asking the applicants in this case the following question. If the intention of the NHS is to build a new hospital in Harlow Why do we need this building. I for one would be interested in the answer

David Forman
2024-04-23 08:47:43

Peter Henegan should read the article on Cuba's polyclinics to understand that they do so much more than our health centres. Also, the reference to 'Care Closer to the Home' directly relates to the following sentence in the penultimate paragraph of this article: "New healthcare facilities will be delivered where necessary, as part of new settlements ideally located in accessible locations, situated in a local centre with a range of other community facilities."

2024-04-23 10:57:07

Where is boris johnson,s 40 new hospital which he was elcted on. Lies. Lies and more lies.. PAH throws millions down the drain every month.

2024-04-23 11:31:44

Use old glaxko building as training along with health hub...hospital falling and unsafe.

2024-04-23 13:47:01

Need to build a multistory car park for the staff, plenty of room for it in the staff carpark. There is already a training center on site. Come October when the linkway carpark is demolished about 400 staff will have no where to park. Oh but of course there is no money in the pot for this!!

2024-04-23 19:23:56

Suzzie, it's also the safety of shift staff, why should they have to park a long walk away, then return to their cars in the middle of the night? Safe parking for staff is a must imo.

Harlow Resident
2024-04-24 07:33:11

To Tony the new hospital is not coming anytime soon ,why do you think Robert Halfon is scuttling away ,instead of having to answer questions about a hospital during an election campaign.

2024-04-24 09:21:16

To Harlow Resident To true. New hospital will not be coming in my life time (about 20 years left in me lol)

Patient First
2024-05-03 11:51:25

Why not use the empty office facility at Kao Park. The facility is fantastic and perfectly adaptable for training. This site is perfect for improving outpatient facilities, Bevan Ward is tired and unsuitable for patients, and would benefit with relocation as it’s so far from main patient care facilities. Furthermore, these car parking spaces are desperately needed and well used by patients. The hospital executive are seriously out of touch and clearly those that challenged them seem to have left the hospital, perhaps exhausted with having to fight the decision makers!

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