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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

The Public Consultation

The ‘Building Better Hospitals for the Future’ consultation closed at the end of 2020.  The public consultation asked people about proposals to transform acute and maternity services in Leicester’s hospitals by investing more than £450million.  We reached out to communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and heard the views of many people on the proposals put forward, as well as the likely impact. 

We would like to thank everyone that participated in the consultation and for everyone that helped promote it.  Given the extent of feedback and the need to ensure that everything we heard was captured it has taken a little while to undertake an independent analysis and evaluation.  This has now been completed and received by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)  and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Here is the Full Consultation Report of Findings and a Summary. 

Summary of Findings

Full Consultation Report Findings  

What next?

The findings of the consultation are helping us to develop a Decision Making Business Case (DMBC), which is in the process of being completed. The DMBC is important because it sets out how we have responded to the consultation feedback, any changes we have made as a result, and the final proposals that we intend to take forward.

Find out more

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


Other reconfiguration work in our hospitals


August 2021

East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre moves to Leicester Royal Infirmary

Our 'Phase one' Building Better Hospitals work, independent of the wider reconfiguration programme will see our east Midlands Congenital Heart Centre move from Glenfield to a £14.5million purpose built facility at Leicester Royal Infirmary. The move will see the service co-located with other children’s services at Leicester’s Hospitals. In doing so, it will ensure we meet the strict standards set by NHS England, for surgical congenital heart services. This is also the first step towards our wider vision to realise the first single-site children’s hospital in the East Midlands.

Read more about the EMCHC move here.

Find out more about how you can #DoThemProud and support our Children's Hospital journey by clicking here.