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Work starts on plans for multi-million pound Whipps Cross redevelopment

A new and improved Whipps Cross Hospital is a step closer as work starts on detailed plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the 100 year-old site.

This could bring hospital, community, primary and social care together in one place, making Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best for tomorrow’s patients.

Preliminary assessments suggest a brand new state-of-the-art hospital – complete with an A&E and maternity department - could be built on a fraction of the existing estate. This would release land for other uses, including integrated health and care facilities and at least 1,000 new homes for the community.

A balance between all the potential aspects of a redevelopment has yet to be determined, so the Trust is working with local people and partners on a detailed masterplan for the 18-hectare estate that can unlock its full value.

Alwen Williams, Chief Executive, said: “We’re hugely excited by the opportunity we have here. The prize is a campus providing a gold standard of care for local people alongside a wide range of facilities to keep them well.

“We have enough space to do this, and using it wisely could create enough new homes for NHS staff to make the hospital a really attractive place to come and work. We are now looking for local people to help us shape our plans.”

Barts Health has invested in new operating theatres, a new high dependency unit and ward refurbishments at Whipps Cross. Yet much of the hospital pre-dates the NHS itself, so redevelopment is a regional priority.

Last year we joined forces with commissioners and the local council to submit a strategic outline case to NHS Improvement, with initial estimates for a full development worth around £520m (excluding VAT and inflation).

We are working with the regulator to strengthen this case, exploring ways to ensure any capital borrowing requirement is affordable for the taxpayer. This includes how a new hospital could be more efficient, and what area it needs (and therefore how the rest of the site might be used). With the support of the East London Health and Care Partnership, a bid was submitted for capital investment of about £350m.

Meanwhile NHSI agreed we should continue to work up more detailed proposals for the redevelopment, and explore other potential funding avenues that might form part of an outline business case.

Barts Health is setting up a community involvement group to help shape options for services and facilities around local needs and wishes. We are also assessing the opportunities and constraints of the redevelopment to give all partners and local people a thorough understanding of what this project could achieve.

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  1. Ehsan Hanzaree Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 12:35 PM

    Great news both for staff and patients of Whippsx

  2. Virology Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 05:28 PM

    Don't forget staff car parks, and more disabled spaces if possible.

  3. Shukraprabha Francis Friday, 2 November 2018 at 06:21 AM

    Housing for staff would be a great idea.

  4. Syed Hussain Monday, 5 November 2018 at 04:44 PM

    Great news, please can we not compromise on staff parking spaces please.

  5. Kamrul Hasan Thursday, 8 November 2018 at 05:23 PM

    Hopefully a hospital Canteen where the food is edible. The canteen has had a superficial face lift, but the quality of the food cooked and served could not be worse for a hospital in the heart of East London. Multi cultural and multi faceted with one of the worst hospital canteens. That's what happens when things are outsourced. Coffee more expensive in hospital than on the high street. This cannot be justified for poorly paid NHS staff who havn't had a pay rise for 10 Years.

  6. Eva Turner Monday, 10 June 2019 at 02:34 PM

    The new Whipps Cross Hospital is welcome and badly needed. However the plans suggest that it will have fewer beds overall, particularly in urgent care area, despite a huge population growth by the size of a new borough. Just see the growing numbers of tower blocks in Walthamstow alone. Additionally to that the plans are to sell unused land around the current hospital for new commercial development, which will take away urgently needed land for further or additional developments in the future. So what we need is NOT a smaller hospital with limited possibility for expansion.

  7. Simon Munk Monday, 17 June 2019 at 10:39 AM

    The current hospital layout is hugely confusing, car "sick" and horrible to navigate on foot. I'd like to see any new developments based around far less car parking and use, encouraging fewer people to drive to Whipps Cross, both staff and visitors, and most importantly enabling vulnerable pedestrians to get around the site without massive difficulties. I'd also like to see more thought for cycling - at the moment, cycle parking is isolated or substandard and too few spaces, unguarded, so apparently stolen from periodically. While some people do need to drive to hospital, for our health & the climate, we need to ensure only those people who have to drive, do.