Public events and survey launched to gather views on redevelopment of St Mary’s Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has today launched a range of activities to gather the views of patients and local communities as it seeks to accelerate plans to build a new St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. 

The engagement activities include:

Drop-in sessions:

  • Monday 22 January, 11am - 3pm and Thursday 25 January, 11am - 3pm – St Mary’s Hospital reception, W2 1NY
  • Saturday 27 January, 11am - 3pm – Church Street market, NW8 8DT
  • Tuesday 30 January, 3.30pm - 7.30pm – Paddington NOW BID pop-up, 1 Spring Street, W2 3RA

Online Q&A with Trust chief executive Professor Tim Orchard:

  • Wednesday 31 January, 6pm - 7pm – registration via the website

A dedicated website and survey:

Flyers promoting the activities are being distributed to local residents and businesses and the activities are also being advertised via local media and social media. The flyer – and a new leaflet summarising the need for a new St Mary’s – can be downloaded from the website.  

St Mary’s is the busiest of London’s four major trauma centres and, with its academic partner Imperial College London, the Trust hosts the country’s largest NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, contributing to healthcare breakthroughs nationally and internationally. However, its sprawling patchwork of aging buildings, half of which are older than the NHS itself, are now in such poor condition that a major building failure is likely within four to seven years.

St Mary’s Hospital – along with the Trust’s two other main sites, Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals – are part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme. A new Western Eye Hospital is also intended to be included within the most suitable of these developments. 

Following the Government’s decision in May 2023 to delay the main capital funding for the Trust’s schemes, the Trust has been working with the New Hospital Programme to explore ways to keep its redevelopments on track, particularly St Mary’s where the need is so urgent. With the possibility now of funding to embark on detailed design and planning for St Mary’s in the coming months, the Trust is especially keen to widen early involvement in the development of its plans. 

Chief executive Professor Tim Orchard said: “The St Mary’s estate is simply no longer fit to support the modern healthcare our staff, patients and local communities deserve. To continue to play our key role in London’s healthcare system and meet the growing and changing needs of our local communities, a complete rebuild is essential. 

“We also want the redevelopment to support further regeneration of the area, including an expansion of the increasingly impactful Paddington Life Sciences - the cluster of businesses and other partners around St Mary’s focused on improving health and healthcare.

“Our vision is for a new, state-of-the-art hospital in a landmark building within a healthy and welcoming neighbourhood. It’s vital that we involve as many patients and local residents as possible – as well as our staff – in shaping and realising this vision.” 

For more information, visit our dedicated website.