£5m to boost Trust’s plans for redevelopment

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded £5m of Health Infrastructure Plan funding from the Department for Health and Social Care to progress its planning for major redevelopment and refurbishment at its St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea sites.

This funding follows the news last year that the Trust would be included in the second phase of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan - a rolling, five-year programme of investing in new hospitals, modernising estate and introducing new technology.

The £5m of initial ‘seed-funding’ will help the Trust develop business cases and plans for its own multi-phased redevelopment programme. This holistic approach to its estate means the Trust can ensure it supports changes in care and support required by its local population across central and west London, as well as by patients regionally, nationally and internationally who can benefit from its specialist services, research and innovation.

The first phase will be a full redevelopment of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, reflecting where need is most pressing as well as opportunities linked to wider regeneration of the area. St Mary’s will continue to be one of four major trauma centres for London and a hub for research, innovation and education. Charing Cross will also continue to have a full A&E and, Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, a focus on specialist services. The aim continues to be for the services at Western Eye Hospital to be incorporated into one of the Trust’s other hospital sites. There will be at least the same number of inpatient beds at each site.

The Trust is beginning work with its NHS and local authority partners to create a shared vision with local communities and patients for the future, including developing facilities for genuinely integrated care and support.

Chief executive, Professor Tim Orchard, said: “Our inclusion in the Health Infrastructure Plan is a major boost for the much needed redevelopment of our estate. We are making good progress on plans for a major new teaching hospital at St Mary’s as well as significant refurbishment and development at our Charing Cross and Hammersmith sites. This opportunity will help us deliver the benefits for our local population, patients and staff much more quickly.”

The seed funding will also help support the expansion of engagement and involvement activities with our patients, local communities and other stakeholders and we will continue to work closely with key partners Imperial Health Charity and Imperial College who own land on the wider St Mary’s campus.