Published September 2022

The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme (NHP) is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our region’s hospitals and reduce health inequalities for local people. We plan to develop new, cutting-edge facilities that offer the absolute best in modern healthcare and address significant problems with the ageing Royal Preston Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary buildings, with investment to improve Furness General Hospital.

Hearing and reflecting the views of people living in Lancashire and South Cumbria is an essential part of shaping plans and proposals for new hospital facilities. We are following a clear and thorough process to give everyone the opportunity to have their say and help shape the future of hospital care in our region.

Our region is large and complex, with a wide range of health challenges. 1.8 million people live in Lancashire and South Cumbria, in cities with diverse cultures and communities, rural areas, and coastal towns. It is essential that we reach and hear from people of all ages and communities, and understand their health requirements. We strive to ensure our activity is as inclusive and accessible as possible.

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share your views on the New Hospitals Programme so far. This summary report provides an overview of the activity that has taken place and the feedback we have heard from people in Lancashire and South Cumbria to date about what is most important to you regarding your future hospital facilities.

Please continue to get involved and have your say to help us build the hospital facilities that our patients, staff, local communities and future generations need and deserve.

Jerry Hawker
Senior Responsible Officer for the Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme

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"Lancashire and South Cumbria’s New Hospitals Programme is set to deliver major benefits to patients in our region. It will enable our local NHS to deliver flexible, state-of-the-art buildings and technology, designed to improve local people’s life expectancy and health, and increase staff morale, retention and recruitment."

Dr Gerry Skailes, Chair of the New Hospitals Programme Clinical Oversight Group and Medical Director for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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"This is an incredibly exciting development for healthcare in our region as we take the next step in our journey towards new hospitals. This funding will have a wider positive impact on our local region, attracting further investment, acting as a catalyst to deliver wider socio-economic benefits and playing a key part in revitalising the regional economy, as well as introducing measures to cut carbon emissions and protect the environment."

Kevin McGee OBE, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, speaking on behalf of hospitals across Lancashire and South Cumbria



“The reason I’m so excited, particularly as the Chief Executive at UHMBT, is that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, it’s a legacy opportunity to bring new facilities and much needed investment into our patch. It will also mean that we’re able to resolve quality and safety issues and patient experience issues permanently for our populations.”

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

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The Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme is part of the Government’s commitment to build 40 new hospitals by 2030. Together with eight existing schemes, this will mean 48 hospitals built in England over the next decade, the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.

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