A SOD cutting ceremony to officially mark the start of work on Clitheroe Community Hospital took place on Monday.
Work has officially started on the two-storey, 4,050 square metre hospital which some health experts say will revolutionise health care provision in the Ribble Valley.
The hospital will be located on land off Chatburn Road and have 32 in-patient beds.
A residential redevelopment on the existing Clitheroe Community Hospital site is the subject of a separate outline application for planning permission.
Dr Ian Whyte, GP and chair of the Ribblesdale Locality Commissioning Group, said: “The new community hospital will provide state- of-the-art facilities fit for 21st Century health care and support to GP commissioners in responding to the health needs of local patients.”