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Babington Hospital update

A £5.94 million funding allocation for the redevelopment of health services in Belper is ring- fenced for use as the major building project develops over the next 18 months, health leaders have assured.

The multi-million pound funding was secured earlier this year from the Department of Health & Social Care as part of Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) funding for projects which will have a major impact on developing integrated health and social care services for patients. More »

The project to develop new purpose-built health facilities in Belper is being led by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, which currently runs services in Babington Hospital and Belper Clinic which it has been agreed are no longer suitable for modern healthcare.

In June this year, following a wide-ranging public engagement process, NHS commissioners at Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group made the decision that services should be moved out of the former workhouse site at Babington Hospital once a new health facility is built which meets modern standards of care.

With the funding for a new healthcare building on Derwent Street secured and the decision to relocate out of the Babington Hospital site agreed, work has continued over summer 2018 to develop the plans for the new facilities.

William Jones, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The £5.94m allocation is awarded to us to draw down as the new build project develops. That is not affected by any other NHS budget considerations.

"We are busy looking at technical specifications and working with our staff on accommodation requirements for the new building. This is very detailed work and is being done in conjunction with our appointed architect. We also continue to work closely with Derbyshire County Council so that health and social care plans are fully aligned.

"We look forward to being able to share the plans for the new healthcare building at the earliest possible time with people in Belper. Until then we are working hard on ensuring we get the plans right so that we make best possible use of this opportunity to give local people brand new facilities." » Less

1 hour ago by Liz Page

Belper wins GOLD Again

Belper wins GOLD Again

Belper has won Gold for the ninth year running in the Large Town category of East Midlands in Bloom.

The judges commented that Belper is a Town "where all residents have pride in their achievements"

In addition, Belper won a Judges award for Transition Belper volunteers for their planting and maintenance of Belper Railway Station.

Also, two community groups in Milford received praise for their Its Your Neighbourhood entries - Blooming Milford and Millers Way Community Gardening Group.

5 days ago by Liz Page

Free local support to help you stop smoking

Free local support to help you stop smoking

It's Stoptober and 1000s of us will be ditching the cigarettes for good – will you be one of them?

Smoking is still one of the biggest causes of preventable deaths in the UK but there's plenty of support and advice on offer if you're ready to stop for good.

Live Life Better Derbyshire is a free, healthy lifestyles service that offers a wide range of support including stop smoking advice, weight management and help to get more active. More »

The service offers a 12 week programme of stop smoking support that includes a variety of advice and support as well as:

  • One to one support
  • Free NRT
  • Advice on other stop smoking medications

Find your nearest stop smoking clinic here and then get in touch to book onto a session.

Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Carol Hart said: "We have seen the number of people smoking in Derbyshire falling from 20% in 2010 to 15% in 2017.

"We are pleased to see that fewer people are smoking however we still have a long way to go.

"We'd encourage anyone who is trying to quit to take part in our free Live Life Better stop smoking service. Our team offers friendly, confidential and non-judgmental support to anyone who needs it."

All Derbyshire residents, aged 12 and over, can take part in the healthy lifestyles service by filling in a short self-assessment form online at or call 0800 085 2299.

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17th Sep, 2018 by Liz Page