An outline planning application has been submitted for new adult and children’s hospitals on the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) site.
Funding will come from the Government’s recent announcement of a £2.8billion investment in new hospitals and health facilities across England.
State of the art new hospitals
The adult hospital will include new theatres for day-case procedures as well as critical care facilities.
And the new children’s hospital will bring together services for children and young people in a building purpose built for their needs.
The chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Julian Hartley, said, “We will be able to develop healthcare based on advanced medical and digital technologies, innovation and research.”
“We can develop a hospital site that is modern, environmentally sustainable and efficient. This, in turn, will free up more funds for direct patient care.”
“The trust will no longer have to spend large amounts every year to maintain the many buildings on the LGI site that are not fit for the delivery of modern healthcare services”.
The development will release land and buildings to support the development of a new Innovation District for Leeds. Some, like the Grade I listed Gilbert Scott Building, will be offered for sympathetic redevelopment to preserve its heritage for the city.
Transforming the delivery of care
Hartley described the announcement as ‘a historic development in the future of patient care in Leeds and the wider region and a huge leap forward in how the trust delivers care for patients from Leeds and beyond.
Linda Pollard, chairman of the trust, said: “This significant investment is amazing news and a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the city of Leeds.”
The trust still has a number of stages to complete before it can start building the new hospitals, but expects the work to take around three years.