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Building better hospitals

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Image showing an artist's impression of new buildings proposed for Leicester's Hospitals - Have your say about proposals to transform our hospitals

Working in partnership with our health and social care colleagues, we want to embark on a major programme of reconfiguration to transform and improve the way we deliver safe, high quality, patient-centred care, and how we will provide clinical services in the future.

Over time, the reconfiguration of our hospitals has becoming even more important due to the increase in demand for our services, as well as the fact we have old buildings with services spread too thinly, and in ways that make patient care very challenging.

What we are proposing

The proposals include reshaping acute and maternity services by moving all acute care to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital. New hospital buildings would be built on these sites for maternity, children’s and planned care services.

We believe our plans would enhance the care provided to critically ill patients with our intensive care capacity doubled for the most unwell patients. On the General Hospital campus, some non-acute services would be retained, and we are asking people what other non-acute services they would want to see located there. We also propose to re-locate the midwifery-led unit at St Mary’s in Melton Mowbray to the Leicester General Hospital to help maximise access for women in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland. 

In September 2019, we were delighted to be allocated £450m by the Government to realise the major programme of investment. The £450m allocated to us will allow us to create:

  • A new Maternity Hospital at the Leicester Royal Infirmary 
  • A dedicated Children’s Hospital at the Leicester Royal Infirmary 
  • A planned care Treatment Centre at Glenfield Hospital 
  • Two ‘super’ intensive care units with 100 intensive care beds, almost double the current number 
  • Modernised wards, theatres and imaging facilities 
  • Additional car parking

This will be alongside a smaller community campus at the Leicester General Hospital which will keep some non-acute services on site. The proposed services include: 

  • Diabetes centre of excellence
  • Imaging facilities including scans and x-rays
  • Stroke recovery services with inpatient beds (in the Evington Centre)
  • Community

What next?

A public consultation led by the Clinical Commissioning Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland took place between Monday 28 September and Monday 21 December 2020. This asked local people for their views on the proposals put forward to help transform our hospitals as we wanted to ensure we considered the impact they will have on them. 

All the responses were independently analysed and evaluated by Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), and a Consultation Report of Findings was shared with the Clinical Commissioning Groups and the Trust. See below for the Consultation Report of Findings and the Summary of Findings:

The report was reviewed and discussed at an extraordinary Governing Body meeting of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) on 8 June and our transformation plans for acute and maternity services were given the go-ahead. This decision is a huge and welcomed step forward on the journey to this once in a generation investment in local healthcare.

To find out more about the proposals and to view more detailed reconfiguration consultation plans, please visit www.betterhospitalsleicester.nhs.uk