Hospital site plan for old age home
PLANS are in the pipeline to turn part of the old Nethersole Hospital site into one of seven new nursing homes for the elderly.
The Health Department confirmed the hospital's executive committee was one of the parties interested in building a nursing home on the Mid-Levels site, although it had not yet received any proposals.
Secretary of the Nethersole Hospital executive committee Calvin Leung Kit-fong said: ''We are looking at either demolishing the old hospital and rebuilding on the site or converting the existing building into a nursing home.'' Feasibility studies for a 200-bed home are being carried out by an architectural firm but the studies are still in the preliminary stages.
Mr Leung added: ''Nothing has been finalised but we hope to be able to put proposals before the Health Department soon.'' The hospital was closed in October last year and is now part of the new Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.
The 60,890-square-foot site between Robinson Road and Bonham Road is divided into two pieces of land, one of which is owned by the Nethersole Hospital executive committee.
The other piece of land belonged to a church group called the Council for World Mission, but was sold to Nan Fung Development for $1.74 billion last month.
A spokesman for the Lands Department said: ''The Nethersole Hospital executive committee has an undertaking to surrender its part of the land to the Government if it ceases to be used for a hospital or other agreed purpose. If the Government decides the site should not be used for a nursing home it will ask the hospital executive committee to hand back the land.'' Mr Leung said the committee's proposals would be put to the Lands Department if they were given the go-ahead from the Health Department.