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Derbyshire hospital has ‘Health and Wellbeing Hub’ plans approved

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Employees at one of Derbyshire’s main hospitals will soon have a place they can go and unwind just yards away from their working environment. That’s after plans were approved by Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee for a new Health and Wellbeing Hub to be created at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

The new, single-storey, building will be located on the eastern side of the Calow site and will include an area for a gym to be installed along with a consultation room and two Flexible Health and Wellbeing rooms. There will also be changing areas for people to use, an entrance foyer and one large activity space that can be split into two rooms if required.

Documents within the planning application, seen by Derbyshire Live, show that the Health and Wellbeing Hub will form part of a larger “masterplan” for the Chesterfield Royal Hospital site. Other projects in the pipeline include a new Mental Health building and the replacement of an old laundry building with a new Chesterfield Royal Hospital store and offices.

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A number of retail units and accommodation in the form of flats and houses are also on the list of new developments along with a number of retail units.



An artist impression of what the new Health and Wellbeing Hub will look like
The hospital says the hub will help the staff be ’empowered to thrive’

However, the planning committee has, so far, given permission for the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub. In the design and access statement, the use of the building is described as: “The facility would aim to pro-actively address those objectives set out within the NHS People Plan, providing employees with a healthy working environment; a destination to engage in physical activity; to utilise spaces and tools to rest and recuperate; to receive psychological support and treatment; to provide rehabilitation and supported return to work plans and above all an opportunity to enjoy the workplace and be empowered to thrive.”

Currently, the only thing occupying the site is part of a car park, under the plans that car park will be retained while the Health and Wellbeing Hub would be placed further back taking up a section of the current grassed area. The tree line that encircles the whole site of the hospital will also be retained while part of the grass area between the building and the tree boundary will be kept for use by the Hub when the weather allows.

The new Hub will be staffed by two full-time employees and the car park will provide parking for 18 cars, three fewer than it currently does. Two spaces will also be put to one side for disabled parking.

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