Building our future while preserving our legacy

Sometimes progress can be bitter sweet.

W H Butterick sketch of Scunthorpe Hospital

W H Butterick sketch of Scunthorpe Hospital – printed into the Lincolnshire Chronicle

We’re delighted that we’ve been given the go ahead to create a state-of-the-art Emergency Department that will ensure we’re able to provide first class treatment to the people of Northern Lincolnshire.

However, to build it, we first need to demolish one of the oldest buildings on the Scunthorpe Hospital site.

The Administration Block was built in 1927 after the community came together to fund it as a memorial to those lost in the First World War.

The decision to demolish it wasn’t taken lightly but ultimately, our priority will always be to give the communities we serve the best possible care and this building just isn’t up to the task any more.

That said, we know that this a building of significance to our town and that’s not something we were prepared to consign to the history books without doing all we could to ensure that its legacy is preserved.

We explored a number of different options in order to come up with a solution which allowed us to preserve aspects of the building without having to compromise on quality of our new facilities – and the care we can provide to our communities.

Director of Estates and Facilities Jug Johal explained: “This was something that was really important to us and I’m really happy with the solution we have found.

A drawing showing how we will incorporate the memorial arch into our new Emergency Department

A drawing showing how we will incorporate the memorial arch into our new Emergency Department

“When the community came together to fund Scunthorpe War Memorial Hospital in 1929, their aim was to provide the best possible healthcare facilities for their community.

“I can’t think of a better way to continue their legacy than to do the same for that same community today.

“This new Emergency Department will provide us with the clinical facilities we need to diagnose and treat patients more quickly, reduce waiting times and improve the overall health of people in this area.

The entrance to the Administration Block, which will be demolished as part of the build

The entrance to the Administration Block, which will be demolished as part of the build

“That will always be our top priority but we also know that Scunthorpe General will always be a big part of life for our communities and it’s important to us that we remain connected and remember our roots.

“Our plan is to preserve the key memorial archway and date stones over the main entrance and incorporate them into the new building.

“Memorial plaques currently housed in the building will be displayed alongside old photographs and pictures of the hospital on a new heritage wall and we have also created a heritage page on our website which details the history of the hospital.”

You can find out more about the plans for the new Emergency Department and other improvements being done at our sites in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole here.

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