The future of Heanor Memorial Hospital is being discussed after asbestos was discovered in parts of the building.

The Nottingham Post reports that the hospital has been closed to patients since last year after the potentially deadly material was discovered in a boiler room during a routine inspection by staff in September.

All clinics and services have been moved temporarily to Ilkeston Community Hospital.

Since the asbestos discovery, bosses at the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group have said they have been trying to find the “best way forward” for the hospital.

At a meeting earlier this year, options discussed for its future included replacing it with a new £1.6 million building or refurbishing the current 89-year-old premises at a cost of £850,000.

Andy Layzell, chief officer for the clinical commissioning group, said: “Patients and the public can continue to be assured that we remain committed to enhancing and developing health services in Heanor.

“Finding asbestos at the hospital, combined with the age of the building, means health services cannot be provided in the hospital building as it stands.”

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