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Frequently asked questions about the New Hospitals Programme

Find out more about the Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme. 

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Providing exceptional patient care is always our number one priority. At each stage of the programme, we will work to ensure that everyone can continue to access the hospital care they need.

Improving access to hospital services is one of the big drivers behind the programme. We aim to expand the range of medical procedures and therapies available to you in our region, which will mean less need to travel further afield.

In line with the Government’s commitment to continuous quality improvement in hospitals, we will also create new, cutting-edge facilities that feature the latest digital technologies. These will provide patients with access to pioneering treatment either in person or remotely, closer to home where possible.

All funding for the New Hospitals Programme will be provided by the Government. As part of its commitment to fund NHS service improvements, the Government has given us the opportunity to secure a significant financial investment for our region to do something amazing.

With this NHS funding, we want to make Lancashire and South Cumbria a world-leading centre of excellence for hospital care.

The opportunity for government funding has been granted to help us address significant issues with our ageing hospitals in Preston and Lancaster. These buildings were designed for a different time and simply cannot accommodate today’s more complex patient needs or new technologies.

No decisions have yet been taken as to how we will address these issues, what shape the new hospital facilities or refurbishments will take, or where these will be located. We are considering a range of proposals, and these will be led by the needs and views of our patients, staff and local people.

Ultimately, we want to create a new, digitally linked network of brand new and refurbished facilities covering our entire region and making Lancashire and South Cumbria a renowned centre of excellence for hospital care. We will build on what we are already great at while developing new, cutting-edge facilities that use emerging digital technologies. These will help us provide all patients with the absolute best in modern healthcare.

We currently don’t know what our new hospital facilities will look like or where they will be located. For that, we need your help.

There are 1.8 million people in our region living within diverse cultures and communities. We are also a region with huge health inequalities. That’s why we can’t develop our proposals for the future of hospital care in Lancashire and South Cumbria without the input of you – our patients, staff and local people.

We’ll be guided by clinical opinion, experience, scientific evidence and data, and all of this will be combined with the feedback, ideas and imagination of our people.

To keep up to date on all the latest news, register your details on our get involved page.

We have a once in a generation opportunity to transform our hospitals and the services we provide for local people. By successfully delivering this New Hospitals Programme, every person in the Lancashire and South Cumbria area will have world-leading hospital care and facilities on their doorstep, when they need them.

This commitment to continuous quality improvements in our hospitals will help local people live longer, healthier lives.

What is to be built, and by when, is still to be decided. What we do know is that our goal is to transform the hospitals and services across Lancashire and South Cumbria by 2030.

The details of what is to be delivered will be contained in our proposals, which we will share with you on this site. These will be clinically-led and will reflect the needs of you – our patients, staff and local people.

After consulting widely with patients, staff, GPs and primary care colleagues, local communities, elected representatives and other stakeholders, we will submit our proposals to the NHS and the Government for approval. The final decision will sit with them.

At this early stage, we don’t know the final timescale for the proposals, but we are aiming to transform our hospitals and services by 2030.

It is too early to say what impact any changes might have as no decisions have been made on the location or shape of new hospital facilities. We will take every step possible to ensure that any impact on current hospital services is kept to an absolute minimum throughout.

The New Hospitals Programme will only be a success, and deliver NHS service improvements, if it meets the needs of you – our patients, staff and local people.

Visit our get involved page for more information on how to become a member of your local NHS Foundation Trust, and to connect with us through our social channels.

We will keep this website updated with other ways to get involved.

Feedback from the public on our proposals is an essential part of informing our final plans and we will be running a public consultation, currently planned for 2022.

Ahead of this public consultation, we are inviting feedback from members of the public through various channels – in writing, online or in person. Currently, due to Covid restrictions, this is most safely achieved through online focus groups and workshops.

As soon as we can run face-to-face events safely, we will do so; the NHS and our community partners are putting plans in place to meet in person with groups and individuals to discuss the programme as soon as Covid restrictions allow.

In the meantime, we are running online workshops to allow thousands of NHS staff, patients, Foundation Trust Members and community leaders to take part and have a say.

For more information on how to have your say, please visit our get involved page.

If you can’t find the answer to your question here, you can get in touch through our contact form.

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