We have had a vision for a modern, brand new hospital for many years and with the help of our patients, our people and the public, we are working to bring that vision to life. We are going to develop a building fit for the 21st Century with technology at its heart that will be an outstanding place to receive care and a fabulous place to work.
In March 2019, following the development of a detailed proposal for a range of options for a new hospital, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) board voted unanimously to seek permission and funding to build a new hospital on a green-field site close to the current hospital. Subsequently, in October 2019 we received the fantastic news that PAHT was one of six hospital trusts across the country to share funding to build the new hospital.
With business case development work already underway the funding announcement that put PAHT in the first wave of the national Health Infrastructure Programme has meant that the new hospital project team have been working at pace to further develop and complete the necessary stages and plans for the development of the new hospital. This has included gaining the support of the joint health oversight and scrutiny committee (HOSC) and seeking the support of our local CCGs (clinical commissioning groups).
There is a huge amount of work ahead of us and some very strict milestones to meet before the build will start. First, is the development of our outline business case (OBC) to be submitted to the national team by Autumn 2021.