Posted on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 in News.
Hospitals and Mental Health Services in Leicester and Leicestershire have received a cash injection of nearly £40m. This will be used to for new Intensive Care Units at Leicester’s Hospitals, a new ward at Glenfield Hospital and a purpose built ward for children and young people with a focus on eating disorders. A further cash injection is to be announced in November.
The money comes from NHS England in the support of the Better Care Together (BCT) programme also known as the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) Plan to modernise healthcare and make it more affordable across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland over the next five years.
John Adler, Chief Executive of Leicester’s hospitals said; “ I am delighted we have received this vote of confidence in our plans for the future development of Leicester’s hospitals. Following the opening of our fantastic new Emergency Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary in April and the new state of the art facilities for vascular surgery at Glenfield Hospital in May, this latest investment will deliver yet more new facilities for our patients.
“This gives me great optimism that we will be able to deliver our complete plans over the next few years.”
The cash will see a new ward block built at Glenfield Hospital as part of a programme to manage demand created by additional intensive care beds.
This scheme is the first step in consolidating acute hospital services – moving the adult intensive care unit services from three sites to two.
Some £8 million will go on building a 15 bed inpatient unit on the Glenfield Hospital site for children and young people with severe mental ill health.
Peter Miller, chief executive at the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, which provides mental and community health services, said: “This investment will enable us to move from our temporary unit at Coalville Hospital to a permanent, more accessible base in the city.
“The funding will help to improve the quality of care we can provide for local children and young people with acute mental health needs.”
He added: “It forms a significant part of our transformation plan for improving access to and support for our children and adolescent mental health services.
“Most importantly we will be able to offer local specialised inpatient eating disorder care for young people in the East Midlands.”
Toby Sanders, head of the Better Care Together programme, said he was “delighted” to get the “crucial funding”.
He said: “These are two of several elements of our proposals which require an injection of capital investment.
“We expect further announcements on funding to be made as part of the November budget.”
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This funding will support strong local plans to help the NHS modernise and transform care for patients.”