THE transformation of Andover War Memorial Hospital continues next week with the demolition of the former outpatients department in Charlton Road.

The old and dilapidated buildings will be demolished and the area landscaped into an attractive approach to the hospital.

A new outpatients department at the other side of the hospital opened in April 2010, following a £3 million investment by Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust. The old site was boarded up but now the area will be flattened and grassed over.

Dr Chris Gordon, acting chief executive of the trust said: “At last we are starting to rid Andover War Memorial Hospital of the eyesore the old outpatient department has become. “Not only is it unsightly but it is a danger to the public and a temptation to vandals, the demolition will greatly improve the appearance of the site.”

Work is due to start on 14 November and will be carried out by contractor Shorts Group Ltd. There will be some disruption around the front of the hospital, including the closure of some parking bays and the footpath through to the back of the hospital, but this will be kept to a minimum, says the trust.