York & North Yorkshire

New Selby hospital named after mini-referendum

The name of a new hospital in Selby has been chosen after a mini-referendum in the town.

The hospital was due to be called Selby Community Hospital but some residents objected to losing "War Memorial" which the former hospital had in its title.

The public voted overwhelmingly in favour of changing the name to The New Selby War Memorial Hospital.

The name won 1,713 votes on the NHS North Yorkshire and York website, with 116 votes for Selby Community Hospital.

'Important legacy'

Jayne Brown, chief executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: "We were so moved by the depth of feeling in Selby that we wanted to give people a chance to have their say.

"We are very much aware of the importance of the war memorial legacy in the hospital's history, and we will soon be publishing details of how we plan to preserve and recognise this in addition to the new name."

The new facility on Doncaster Road includes a hospital and civic centre for district council staff to use.

The 24-bed hospital will be built next to the site of the existing Selby War Memorial Hospital which will be demolished to make way for a car park.

The new facility is due to open in June.

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