Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our region’s hospitals

By creating a network of brand new and refurbished facilities, we’ll help local people live longer, healthier lives. By doing this, we’ll also make Lancashire and South Cumbria a world-leading centre of excellence for hospital care.

The New Hospitals Programme is aiming to address significant problems with our ageing hospitals in Preston (Royal Preston Hospital) and Lancaster (Royal Lancaster Infirmary). We also need to invest in Furness General Hospital’s infrastructure in the context of its strategic importance and geographically remote location.



The opportunity for Lancashire and South Cumbria

Our region has 1.8 million people living in cities with diverse cultures and communities, rural areas and coastal towns

We want to give people of all ages and communities equal access to the best possible hospital facilities. As well as replacing ageing buildings, we want to provide a network of hospitals that meet the changing healthcare needs of every person in the region.


Transforming hospitals

We want to build on what our hospitals are already great at, while developing new cutting-edge hospital facilities that take advantage of new healthcare technologies and treatments to offer the absolute best in modern healthcare.

We also want to improve the experience that patients, families and carers have in hospital, offering privacy and dignity through more private rooms, family areas and more space for our staff to care for patients.


Positive change for our region

The positive impact of this work will reach further than new hospitals.

It will attract investment and jobs to Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme, benefitting everyone and boosting our local economy now and in the future.

Which areas will benefit?Doctor speaking with a family

Our local NHS trusts are working with other health and community organisations to bring new hospitals and better hospital services to our entire area. Some of our hospitals will have new facilities and refurbishments and we want to link all our region’s hospitals using digital technology to offer the best treatment and care closer to people’s homes wherever possible.


When will decisions be made?

At this early stage no final decisions have been made. We don’t yet know what our new hospital facilities will look like or where they will be located. Our proposals will be led by clinical opinion, experience and scientific data and the needs and views of our patients, staff and local people will be very important.


Welcome to the Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme. Your opportunity to shape hospital facilities in the region.

Our local NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria is working with the Government to build new, centrally funded hospitals in our region, as part of the national New Hospital Programme. We want to explain a bit more about what this means and how you can get involved.

Hello, I’m Som Kumar. I’m a Consultant Cardiologist and a Programme Lead for the New Hospitals Programme.

I am really thrilled to be a part of this project for the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria. I want to reassure you that this is a collaborative project and we need your help all along the way.

Hospitals are no longer simply a place for emergency and critical care, for our most poorly people.

They’re at the heart of our health service, a place for clinical experts to learn and a place of ground-breaking trials and research, which support the amazing health and social care that happens in our communities.

But to work at their best, they must be kept up to date.

Hello, my name is Jerry Hawker. I’m the Senior Responsible Officer for the New Hospitals Programme for Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The New Hospitals Programme is our opportunity to make real, positive change for our local people.

New hospital facilities would allow the NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria to introduce brand new digital advances, from the highest-specification imaging to assist surgeons in theatres, to artificial intelligence and robotics. Remote patient monitoring systems will allow patients to get home more quickly and safely. New designs will also be environmentally sustainable, with a zero-carbon footprint.

No decisions have been made about what shape these hospital facilities would take or where they would be located.

The design of any new hospital facilities will be led by clinical experts with staff, GPs, elected representatives of community groups and local people all able to have their say.

Feedback will be gathered to establish what the new hospitals could look like and how they might work, how they fit with the other hospitals and healthcare facilities in our region and finally, where they should be located.

There is a clear process that we have to follow, with a number of stages to complete to get approval from the government, local authorities and the NHS before any building work can begin. We will keep you updated along the way.

Follow us on social media, sign up to email updates and visit our website to find out how to get involved.

Have your say.


Our process

To ensure we deliver the best results for everyone, there is a clear process we’ll follow before any building work can begin.

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