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House of Lords written question HL637.

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL637, tabled on 21 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits that may accrue to the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from the sale of the Regent Wing at Kingston Hospital to a commercial developer.

Answered on

29 January 2020

NHS Property Services report that it does not own any part of the estate of Kingston Hospital.

The Regent Wing required major capital investment to make it fit for purpose and would not provide appropriate modern healthcare facilities. The Trust has therefore saved substantial costs by disposing of the asset but has also been able to utilise the proceeds for other capital projects across the estate.

Before disposing of the asset, the Trust undertook a full heritage survey of the Regent Wing as part of its pre-application process with the local authority – no comments were made by the local community or local authority. The building was not found to be of significant worth nationally.

In addition, it undertakes regular community engagement sessions led by the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, which has included the Regent Wing disposal. The purchaser of the site is planning to utilise it to develop residential accommodation.