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Move to new 255m hospital begins

Queen Alexandra Hospital
The rebuilding was done under the government's private finance initiative

Staff and equipment have begun to be moved to new buildings at the expanded Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Over the next six weeks, services will be relocated from Haslar, St Mary's and the existing Queen Alexandra hospitals to the new facility.

The redevelopment has cost £255m but the final bill will be more than £1bn.

The hospital expansion has been possible due to cash from the private sector. But it means the NHS will have to foot a £42m annual bill until 2039.

The new Queen Alexandra Hospital boasts 1,400 beds, a maternity wing, a rehabilitation centre and facilities for cancer patients.

The rebuilding has been completed under the government's private finance initiative.

The repayments include maintenance and upkeep of the development.

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