Work at blaze-hit hospital is set to take months

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CLINICAL departments at Chesterfield Royal Hospital damaged in a fire should be repaired within weeks - although work on the main entrance is set to take months.

Repair work in accident and emergency, the fracture clinic and orthopaedic out-patients departments will be prioritised and should be completed over the coming weeks.

The destruction of the main entrance is the bigger problem since the whole area will need to be re-developed - and could take several months.

The cost of the repair work is still to be assessed.

All patient services are going ahead as normal, with a temporary reception set up in the out-patient suite which is working well.

The trust is looking at where it can re-site some front-of-house services, including security, advice centre and patients’ accounts. All are operating elsewhere on the hospital grounds - security is currently based under the entrance canopy - and staff are on hand to help patients access them if needed.

The trust has also produced a video blog detailing what people should do if they attend for an out-patients appointment.

Orthopaedic and fracture clinics have been relocated to Staveley Ward for the foreseeable future, with patients being advised access is easier via the visitor’s entrance.

The Ambuline transport service has relocated to Scarsdale Wing entrance and the Relax@theRoyal cafe - normally open to staff only - is also open to patients and visitors.

n Visit www.chesterfieldroyal.nhs.uk or search YouTube to watch the video blog.