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Our frequently asked questions will help you to get the most up to date information throughout this exciting journey to our new hospital. 

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1.3. What stage are you at and when will the new hospital be built?

A large new build hospital is many years in the making. Before construction can even start, there are a number of very important stages we have to go through which can take many months, even years. Here’s a short timeline:

2018   We identified three locations as potential sites for new hospital and completed a detailed options analysis looking at the pros and cons of developing our current site or building a new hospital on a new site. There was broad agreement from internal and external stakeholders that a new hospital on a new site was the best way forward

2019   In October, the Government announced us as one of six brand new hospitals as part of the first round of their multi-million-pound Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP).

2019   Our hospital trust board voted for the preferred option for our new hospital on a greenfield site

2020   In Spring, the HOSC and our commissioners (West Essex CCG) agreed that a full public consultation was not required but public engagement on the new hospital was essential

2020   In October, the Government announced us as one of 48 new hospitals in the wider £3.7billion HIP programme

2021   In Autumn we complete our Outline Business Case

2023   In Summer we complete our Full Business Case

2023   Construction work begins and lasts approximately 3 years

2026   Our new hospital will open

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.