Two new hospitals have been announced for Leeds, the city’s NHS Trust is one of six that will be given a share of £2.7 billion of brand new funding. This share will go towards building two new hospitals; one for children and the other for adults, at Leeds General Infirmary. The development of the two new hospitals is part of an ambitious 10-year programme, Hospitals of the Future, to transform healthcare for patients in Leeds as well as the wider region.
The Adults’ Hospital
The new adults’ hospital will have new theatres for day case procedures and added critical care facilities. As well as a high-tech radiology department that will serve other specialities in the hospital, a new facility for endoscopy services, and a therapies hub. This is proposed to be joined onto the Leeds General Infirmary, Jubilee Wing.
The Children’s Hospital
The new children’s hospital will bring together staff and services from the existing children’s hospital. This is for children and young people, in a building purpose-built for their needs. This is proposed to be built next to the LGI’s Brotherton Wing.
Developing An Innovation District
Julian Hartley, chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has said, “this is a historic development in the future of patient care in Leeds and the wider region. This investment will enable the Trust to take a huge leap forward in how it delivers care for patients from Leeds and beyond.”
Furthermore, “the benefits of this funding will be far-reaching. Leeds is a renowned centre for specialist services; providing treatment and care for patients from across the region. Also from the North of England and in some instances, the rest of the UK”. Further adding, “we will be able to develop healthcare based on advanced medical and digital technologies, innovation and research.”
Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, stated that “it will help Leeds to take a huge leap forward in developing an Innovation District. Putting the city at the forefront of developing health-tech and research. As well as attracting investment, skills and jobs to our region”. Further adding that it was a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Leeds. The Trust had a number of stages to complete before it could start building the new hospitals. But expected to take around three years once underway is the build.