A WEEK on from a fire which devastated the main entrance at Chesterfield Hospital, no appointments or operations have been cancelled.
Hospital bosses said early structural reports suggest the damage in the fracture clinic and A&E reception area will be repairable.
A contractor is due to be appointed by Monday. Fracture clinic and orthopaedic out-patients will remain on Staveley Ward - as the clinic reception area is likely to be a temporary front-of-house base for the trust’s security team and patients’ accounts service.
The main entrance is likely to be out of operation for eight to 12 months. A large area around what was the shop will need to be demolished and work is expected to start in the next four weeks.
Chief executive Eric Morton said: “We’ve had enormous help from a host of experts - engineers, the fire service, loss adjustors, insurance reps and many others. We’re not likely to know final costs for a few weeks while everything is worked through, but we know it will be months before the main entrance is back up to full speed.
“Without support from our staff we would not have been able to run services this week. They have done an amazing job. Patients have been incredibly understanding - and complimentary about how the hosiptal is coping. The challenge now is to get a more permanent solution in place.”