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Cromer and District Hospital plans to go on display

Artist's impression of entrance to new Cromer Hospital
A view of the main entrance will be among the images on display

Plans for a replacement hospital in Norfolk are to go on display.

The designs for the £15m Cromer and District Hospital will go on show in the outpatients department at the hospital from Monday.

Plans have been discussed for almost 10 years, following a £12m bequest. The cash will help fund the hospital, along with a £1.4m left in a will in 2004.

The new building will see around 11,000 more patients a year, a Norfolk hospital trust said.

Renal dialysis unit

It will provide day and outpatient care and will also have an ophthalmic operating theatre, permanent on-site breast screening, and a scanner for osteoporosis diagnosis.

Parts of of the current hospital will be refurbished as a permanent renal dialysis unit with room for expansion, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.

Trust chairman David Prior said: "We are determined to deliver this long-awaited new hospital for people in north Norfolk as soon as we can.

"This new hospital will be at the heart of the community for many years to come and I am pleased that we have an exciting sets of plans to submit to the council."

Subject to planning approval from North Norfolk District Council, construction will begin in the autumn and take two years.

Sagle Bernstein left £12m to Cromer Hospital in her will in 2000, as a thank you to staff who cared for her sister.

Phyllis Cox, who had been a patient in the hospital in the 1950s, bequeathed £1.4m four years later.

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