Big changes on the way for the Seacroft Hospital site
24 February 2014
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is in the final stage of negotiations to sell part of its Seacroft Hospital site in east Leeds to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The HCA is the national housing and regeneration agency for England, with a capital investment budget of around £4bn for the period 2012-15. The aim is to bring the land forward to the market for housing.
Seacroft Hospital is one of the oldest in Leeds. Much of the site dates back over 100 years to its foundation as an infectious diseases hospital. In recent years many of its older buildings have become increasingly unsuitable for patient care.
This course of action has been on the cards for some time, and the Trust has gradually been consolidating its services onto the most modern portion of the Seacroft Hospital site. These include a large general outpatient department, renal dialysis, the specialist rehabilitation centre, the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine and the eye department.
The Newsam Centre, which belongs to the Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust, is also on the healthcare campus and will remain part of the Seacroft Hospital site.
The National Blood Service building, not owned by Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will also remain on the far side of the site, and the landmark Seacroft Hospital clock tower, a listed building, will also be preserved.
Some 18 acres of land, mostly on the far edge of the old hospital site, have been earmarked for sale, with approximately 21 acres remaining. Proceeds from the sale will go back into the overall Leeds Teaching Hospitals budget to support patient care.
Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “Our organisation has one of the largest NHS estates anywhere in the country, including a proportion of very old buildings and surplus land which we no longer need and are increasingly a drain on our resources.
“Seacroft Hospital remains an important facility for the Trust, and all our existing services will be maintained there but when this work is complete we will end up with a smaller and more cost-efficient site. In addition the ugly boarded up buildings at the back of the site will be demolished and in due course the land will be developed for housing and used more productively to improve the local community.
“As the work progresses we will announce more details, but we are expecting the HCA to start clearance work on the old part of the site between April and September once final details of the sale have been agreed, and permissions agreed with the City Council.”
The Trust will be keeping patients who use the hospital informed about the plans and is aiming to keep disruption for visitors and staff to a minimum. Access to some areas of the site may change and there will be also be changes to the location and availability of parking spaces.