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HOSPITAL HELP: Government’s £20billion investment to benefit Hillingdon Hospital

 Published on: 5th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A multi-billion-pound government programme is set to impact hospitals in the area.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP, announced the New Hospital Programme on May 25, revealing an investment of more than £20billlion.

The plans will see upgrades to NHS facilities across the country and will allow more than 40 new hospitals to be built long term.

Hillingdon Hospital is one of those that has been selected to receive government funding, helping to keep its redevelopment plans on track for completion by 2030.

A spokesperson for Hillingdon Hospital said: “Our vision is to provide a state-of-the-art hospital for the residents of Hillingdon and beyond, which supports the very best in the delivery of healthcare. The new Hillingdon Hospital will be a digitally enhanced building which is sustainable and fit for the future. It will provide the same range of services that we have now, but with improvements made possible by modern, purpose-built facilities.

“Thank you to all our patients, staff, local people and partners across the local health and care system who have supported us to get to this stage. We will continue to work with you and the New Hospitals Programme on the plans while maintaining progress on our enabling and decant programme to clear the site where the new hospital will be built.”

To look at the hospital plans and have your say, visit thh.nhs.uk/redevelopment

Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, welcomed the announcement, saying: “It is fantastic news that the full funding package for the new Hillingdon Hospital has been confirmed. I thank the Secretary of State for today’s announcement which means enabling work can now continue. It’s great news for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and for all our fantastic NHS staff who work with such dedication to serve the local community.”

In Northwood, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) was not included in the programme.

The University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust submitted an expression of interest to the New Hospital Programme in 2021 for funding to relocate MVCC.

Despite not being included, dialogue is ongoing and there is optimism that a resolution will be reached.

A spokesperson for MVCC said: “It is widely accepted that there is an urgent need to re-provide Mount Vernon cancer services on an acute hospital site – this remains the preferred long-term option, and the right one for patients.

“The dedicated staff at MVCC have been working extremely hard over many years to maintain services despite the challenges of poor buildings and a lack of other medical facilities on the same site. The team will continue to do their best for their patients, and to provide support to cancer services at other hospitals.”

The preferred site for the relocated cancer centre is Watford General Hospital, which, thanks to the new programme, has received full funding for its long-awaited redevelopment.

A spokesperson MVCC said: “We will continue to work closely with the Watford Hospital team and align our plans where it is sensible to do so.”

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