Building a better KGH
In October 2019 KGH was invited by the Secretary of State to bid for government funding to redevelop our hospital site through the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan (aka HIP2).
This is a plan to build, or substantially improve, hospitals across the country and is also now known as the New Hospitals Programme.
During 2020 we worked up our Development Control Plan which describes how the KGH site could be redeveloped whilst continuing to operate as a fully functioning hospital throughout.
We held a series of engagement events over the summer of 2020 and into the autumn sharing why we needed the investment in KGH – you can see a recording of our September Public engagement event.
The Development Control Plan was approved by our Trust Board in November 2020 with a preferred way forward identified.
Making the most of our plans
In Autumn 2020 and into the New Year we worked with our staff, key stakeholders, and public and patient representatives to define the models of care that our new hospital buildings need to accommodate.
We’ve also taken account of population growth and planning assumptions so that the redevelopment can adequately meet future needs. This work has helped to inform design development and costings needed to support our HIP2 funding application. In February 2021 the Trust Board approved our Strategic Outline Case detailing our plans and this was submitted to NHS England/Improvement in the same month.
Planning the first phase
We have continued our design work with clinical and operational teams and partner organisations for the first phase of our development which comprises a new Emergency Care Department, Assessment Areas and six new wards. In May and June 2021 we began sharing these design proposals more widely. Here is an overview of our plans for Phase 1.
We are waiting on feedback on the Strategic Outline Case for our redevelopment plans – this will confirm the agreed funding amount and define the extent of our Development Control Plan to be supported through the HIP2 programme.
We are working up our Enabling Programme – works that are needed before the redevelopment starts - some services and teams need relocating, site infrastructure details need confirming and a car park plan to identify how we will address the loss of car parking on site.
And, over the autumn of 2021 we will be working with our staff and stakeholders on developing the designs for Phase 2 of the new build.