Planning applications to transform Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH) and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) through £39.5m investment have been submitted.
If proposals are approved, it would see CGH benefit from two additional theatres, as well as a new day surgery unit. It would enable greater operating capacity in purpose-built facilities, with the intention of improve patient care and staff experience.
While an improved Emergency Department and Acute Medical Unit facilities are earmarked for GRH, with the aim of improving diagnosis, assessment, treatment and patient flow.
(A blueprint of how the new and improved Cheltenham General Hospital could look. Picture credits: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust)
Deborah Lee, Chief Executive, said:
“This is a huge milestone in our journey to deliver better care for our patients and an improved working environment for our staff.
"Subject to planning permission and the approval of the final business case, we could see work begin on site next year and the possibility of the buildings being open to patients in early 2023.
“Not only will these developments provide additional space across both our sites, which is much needed, but they will also ensure we can provide care in a modern environment, more befitting the quality of the services we provide.”
Professor Mark Pietroni, Director of Safety and Medical Director, said:
“Once completed, colleagues and patients will have a more modern, spacious environment in which to work and receive care, enabling our teams to achieve their ambitions of delivering even better patient care.
“In particular, the work at Cheltenham will enhance theatre capacity and in doing so will ensure fewer patients from the county will have to travel out of Gloucestershire for treatment.
"Meanwhile at GRH the plans will help to relieve crowding in ED during busy periods which is something both patients and staff have flagged as a priority.”
(A blueprint of how the new and improved Gloucestershire Royal Hospital could look. Picture credits: Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust)
Capital funding was awarded by NHS England two years ago and allocated under the Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), now known as Gloucestershire's Integrated Care System (ICS).
The ICS sets out a vision to deliver high-quality health and care services in the future, emphasising the need to prevent illness, support self-care and providing more care and support in the community.
The plans are now subject to planning permission being approved, with work intended to start on site next year (2021) and new patients being treated at the site in 2023.