A local health revolution has moved one step closer as Barts Health NHS Trust prepares to submit a bid to redevelop Whipps Cross hospital as a health care campus.
If approved, this could see the 100 year-old site overhauled to combine hospital, community, primary and social care fit for the changing needs of patients in future.
The Trust is committed to retaining A&E and maternity departments on site, and has recently invested heavily in improvements including new operating theatres, a new high dependency unit and over 100 more staff.
It is now embarked on the first stage of the approvals process to explore the prospect of more substantial investment in future. Following a review by a team of experts, the Trust is preparing a case for change which shows:
• To fix all the ongoing maintenance issues across the hospital would end up being more expensive in the long-term than a redevelopment
• The A&E department is already one of the busiest in the country and now sees more than 450 emergency attendances a day
• The ageing buildings and sprawling layout makes it increasingly difficult to provide the breadth and depth of health services that patients expect
• The population of the area is growing and ageing and patients will need different packages of care in future to manage their conditions more effectively and appropriately
Alwen Williams, Chief executive of Barts Health NHS Trust said: “We have a golden opportunity to improve the care and experience of local people. At a time when the NHS is looking for new and sustainable ways of providing care, we can lead the way in developing a health and care campus to benefit patients for years to come.”
The case for change is being developed with the support of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and North East London NHS Foundation Trust. Following a public meeting last October, the organisations are setting up a group where residents can help shape the development of the plans.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The case for change will be submitted to NHS Improvement.
• If approved, the next step would be to draw up an outline business case with detailed proposals and costs. Initial estimates suggest redevelopment could cost in the region of £520m.
• Any business case would then need approval from both NHS Improvement and the Government.
View a summarised version of the case for change and more information at www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/futurewhipps
Barts Health is keen to continue to hear the views of its patients and local residents. To be kept involved local residents should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barts Health NHS Trust
With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.