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