Imperial College Healthcare Releases Statement on Hospital Plans
Trust gives reasons for approving "new clinical strategy"
Today our Trust looked at plans for how to develop our healthcare services and our four hospital sites over the next five years.
We have developed these plans because we have to change to meet the changing needs of our patients. People are living longer, and more and more people are living with long-term conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma and dementia. So we can’t stay as we are – we need to look forward to what people will need from us in the years to come. Our plans are part of a wider programme of health service developments, called Shaping a healthier future, covering the whole of north west London.
Under our plans, we would redevelop our sites: selling off some of our land, but using this money to reinvest in the same sites – redesigning and rebuilding them so they cater better to your healthcare needs. It means investing £400m in this redevelopment, primarily at the Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospital sites.
Here are some of the facts:
• We are not closing Charing Cross Hospital. We are planning a £150 million rebuild to create a new type of local hospital, with specialist and planned care including: day case surgery/treatment, one-stop diagnostic clinics and outpatients services, integrated care and rehabilitation services (especially for elderly people and people with chronic conditions) and an emergency centre, next to our existing partner services that include mental health and cancer support.
We want to thank everyone who came to our Board meeting today to show their support for their local hospitals. The board approved a new clinical strategy and agreed that an ‘outline business case’ – setting out the case for the investment in the hospital redevelopment – would proceed to the next step for approval. We anticipate it will be at least a year before this business case is approved. We recognise that to develop our plans further and to implement them successfully, we need to do much more to explain our thinking and to listen and respond to the views and concerns of patients and local communities. And we have to make sure that we have community capacity in place before we reduce inpatient hospital services.
August 1, 2014