Spire investment creates jobs

Spire investment creates jobs

Independent hospital group, Spire Healthcare, is set to expand and improve its services in the Hull and Humber region, while creating new jobs for the area.

The hospital has now taken possession of a new facility as part of a £3.4 million investment programme.

Lowfield Clinic, directly opposite the main Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital in Anlaby, is now being fitted out after being completed in less than a year by Lovel Developments and main contractor Hobson & Porter.

Chris Harrison, who took over as hospital director this month, said:“It is an exciting time to be joining the hospital as we are developing what we can offer to the local community in terms of both services and jobs.

“A lot of it is about providing an excellent working environment for staff and also allowing us to redevelop the main hospital site to make it easier for patients.

Lowfield Clinic will have cosmetic and specialist clinics as well as state-of-the-art physiotherapy for outpatients and a health assessment centre.

Chris said: “There will also be a pathology lab and modern office space, we are reconfiguring the main hospital by moving the support services here and that will enable us to install new MRI and CT scanners, with a wider range of scans and more in-depth diagnosis.”

Lovel Developments, based in Beverley, acquired and developed the 25-acre site at Lowfield Road having taken it through the planning process.

Wayne Cropp, the company’s Project Manager, said: “The project has provided work for a total of 340 people and the vast majority of those are from the local area, with local sub-contractors appointed to roles from mechanical and electrical work to decorating.”

The existing Spire Healthcare hospital opened 30 years ago and employs 400 people. Mr Harrison said at least 10 new jobs are likely to be created as a result of the current investment programme.