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A step closer to a new hospital

Date: 28 July 2020

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce that today, 28 July 2020, the Trust Board approved the submission of the draft Strategic Outline Case for the redevelopment of Hillingdon Hospital to regulators. Based on the assessment of options to date, this identifies a new hospital build on the Hillingdon Hospital site as the preferred way forward. The draft Strategic Outline Case will now be submitted to NHS England/Improvement for review and more detailed planning will commence to develop the Outline Business Case.

The Trust’s vision is to build a new hospital which would have all the services currently available at the hospital, but in a high quality, purpose-built facility. It would enable care to be provided more efficiently within a safe and pleasant environment for staff, patients and visitors.

The Trust has engaged with key stakeholders during the development of the draft Strategic Outline Case and has support from the wider health and care system including commissioners. As the scheme moves into the next stage, we will be starting a community conversation to hear your feedback, test our thinking and develop plans further. The Trust will remain open to considering any new options for the redevelopment of the hospital should these emerge.

The current hospital was built in the 1960s, with parts of the estate dating back to the 1930s, and is in a state of disrepair. If we were to undertake all the necessary repairs, it would cost us over £211m - the second highest backlog maintenance cost of hospital trusts in England. In September 2019 it was one of twenty one hospitals to receive a share of £100m seed funding to develop a business case for a new hospital and has since moved quickly to develop plans.

A new hospital provides the opportunity to improve facilities and provide the hospital that our patients and staff deserve. The benefits include:

  • A more attractive environment for staff and patients
  • Compliance with all relevant safety standards
  • Better connectivity between departments making it easier for patients to move through the hospital
  • Greater adoption of digital technologies to enhance patient care and safety
  • Improved privacy with significantly more side rooms
  • Better access and signage
  • Sufficient capacity for the next 10 years and further expansion potential

Sir Amyas Morse, Chair of the Board, said:
‘I am delighted to be able to announce that the Trust Board has approved the submission of the draft Strategic Outline Case, covering the redevelopment of Hillingdon Hospital, to regulators. This marks the start of an exciting future for the Trust and our local community. We need now to work together to develop the detailed business case for the new building and start the work to secure planning permission from the London Borough of Hillingdon. We are very grateful for the valuable input received so far and we look forward to hearing from many more people to ensure that our plans meet the needs of our patients.’

For members of the public who would like to know more about the redevelopment programme, there is a dedicated website here.

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