Today we have announced a new hospital upgrade programme, making good on the 20 new upgrades the Prime Minister made on the steps of Downing Street - and I am delighted to inform you that your local area is one that is benefiting from today’s announcement.
We want our NHS to deliver world class services in world class facilities. So as part of a further £1.8 billion package for hospitals, health hubs and more across the country, we are today unlocking the funding for the Heartlands Hospital Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Centre scheme, with new investment of up to £97.1m which will deliver a new purpose built hospital facility in Birmingham, replacing outdated outpatient, treatment and diagnostic accommodation.
The new site will be four storeys high and cover an area of around 16000m2. It is expected to open in 2020 and will provide day case surgery, endoscopy, radiology, imaging and other outpatient appointments. The team at University Hospitals Birmingham believe around 1500 patients will be treated at the site every day. The site will also be making use of solar panels to keep carbon footprints to a minimum.
Our renewed focus on NHS infrastructure will ensure the new nurses and doctors we’re recruiting have the best and latest facilities possible, and that patients across the country are getting the world-class care on the ground. Today’s funding is important for the future of the NHS near you.
However there is more to do so, we’re also going to bring forward a new Health Infrastructure Plan that will deliver a strategic major hospital rebuilding programme - so we have the necessary health infrastructure across the country for the years to come. All this comes on top of the extra £33.9 billion a year we’re putting into the NHS to secure its long term future.
I will of course continue to lobby the Health Minister to boost the facilities my constituents use as well as raise the importance of bringing in new healthcare options to our area, be it rebuilding the George Bryan Centre and boosting the Sir Robert Peel's facilities to ensuring that residents do not have to travel so far for diagnosis and outpatient care.
For more information on the new build visit www.uhb.nhs.uk/acad/