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UHCW NHS Trust in discussions about exciting developments at the Hospital of St Cross

17:00 01/08/2017

Exciting new plans to build a new theatre suite at the Hospital of St Cross were announced at the Annual General Meeting of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust last Thursday, July 27.

It is hoped that the proposals will involve the creation of six new state-of-the-art theatres, plus supporting facilities, which will improve the experience for patients.

The creation of a new, world-class theatre suite would also increase the number and range of surgical procedures that can be carried out at the hospital in Rugby.

The current theatres at the Hospital of St Cross will need to be replaced in coming years to ensure that patients can continue to receive the best care possible.

In order to secure funding for the proposal in the challenging financial environment faced by the NHS and to provide the best deal for taxpayers, the Trust is exploring a number of options, including the opportunity to enter into a NHS/private partnership with a commercial healthcare organisation.

Partnerships like this are in use elsewhere in the country, and allow patients to receive high-quality NHS care in state-of-the-art new units.

The plans for the proposed development are still at the very early stages. However, a Strategic Outline Case to progress the development has been approved by the national governing body NHS Improvement. It is planned that further discussions will take place with interested parties, NHS Improvement, and representatives from local Rugby groups in the Autumn.

Professor Andrew Hardy, Chief Executive Officer at UHCW NHS Trust, said:

“As a Trust we are committed to the future of the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby. We already have some world-leading consultants at Rugby, who are providing innovative surgery like the meniscal transplant, which can prevent younger patients from needing a knee transplant for 15-20 years.

“However, we want to expand the services we provide at the hospital for people across Rugby, Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

“This work should enable us to build brand new, world-class operating theatres to improve the care we provide to patients.”

 

Notes to editors

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in the UK, comprising University Hospital in Coventry and the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby.

Currently the Trust is in open dialogue with a number of interested organisations to explore the most suitable facility and clinical service model for a new theatre unit on the Hospital of St Cross site.

The discussions are focussed on development of a joint partnership approach which will;
o Through development of new facilities and theatres improve the level and type of clinical services that can be provided to the local residents of Rugby and patients receiving treatment within the wider UHCW Trust.
o Further improve the reputation of the Hospital of St. Cross (and UHCW) as a World class leader in patient care.
o Increase the level and type of clinical services that can be provided at Rugby.
o Through a joint partnership provide opportunities and access to new innovative healthcare treatments and research as well as the opportunity to tap in new markets opportunities for development of new clinical services.

The plans for the development are still at the very early stages. A Strategic Outline Case to progress the development has been approved by the national governing body NHS Improvement, and a Market Engagement event has been held with private organisations interested in the development to explore the opportunities for a joint development on the Hospital of St Cross site.

An Outline Business Case is currently being developed, and this will be submitted to NHS Improvement in the early autumn of this year. Discussions with local Rugby resident forums will also begin in the Autumn to inform the new development as it progresses.
 




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