Health and Social Care Secretary updated on new hospitals progress
22 August 2022
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay, visited Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) last week to be updated on the fantastic progress we have made to date on the design and development of our new hospitals building.
Mr Barclay heard how the new hospitals building planned to be built on the LGI site will have a vital role in transforming care across the Leeds City Region and beyond. He was shown the hospitals development site, where demolition has been recently completed, and was presented with a printed copy of our now submitted Outline Business Case.
During his visit, he also visited the Trust’s Innovation Pop Up where he met a number of clinicians and entrepreneurs that are working with us to trial and test new technologies to help improve patient experience and care before they are implemented in the new hospitals building. The Innovation Pop Up is also the first phase in establishing an Innovation Village – a world-class hub for innovation, research and technology - in the five hectares of land that will be unlocked as part of the new hospitals development.
3D Life Prints Biomedical Engineer Lisa Ferrie (pictured left), ITecho Health Chief Executive Dr Adrian Brown and Chief Technology Officer Lalit Suryawanshi, joined biomedical scientist, Dildar Singh Rathore, to provide live demonstrations of the transformational technologies.
These included 3d printed anatomical models to aid pre-surgery planning to new digital platforms which connect patients and clinical teams to improve long-term health management.
Dame Linda Pollard, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Secretary of State to Leeds to update him on the huge progress we have made on the design and development of our new hospitals building at Leeds General Infirmary. We have now completed the demolition of the old buildings and have submitted our Outline Business Case, so we’re ready to go!”
Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said: “We’re taking steps to support our NHS with 40 new hospitals in England, and the planned developments in Leeds will provide a state-of-the-art acute specialist facility alongside a new home for the Leeds Children’s Hospital, providing better care for young and old alike.”
Our proposed new hospitals building is part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme, which will deliver 40 new hospitals in England by 2030. Together with eight existing schemes, this will mean the Government will deliver 48 hospitals over the decade.