Great Western Hospital looks to the future with land purchase

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has completed the purchase of 5.5 hectares of land, allowing it to take the next steps in its strategic development plans.
Great Western Hospital entrance

The land purchase was made using £30million of government funding as part of the Trust’s ‘Way Forward Programme’, under which a series of hospital improvement projects are being taken forward.

It will enable the relocation of non-acute services to the expansion land, which will facilitate Urgent and Emergency Care (U&EC) capacity expansion in the main hospital, and will include the development of an Integrated Rehabilitation Facility (IRF).

Speaking of the expansion and land purchase, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Executive, Kevin McNamara, shared his excitement.

"This is a really exciting step forward in our plans to expand and improve our healthcare services for the people of Swindon – securing this land is an investment in Swindon.  It is important not just for today but for future generations given a growing and aging population.  We want to use this land to develop health and care facilities on the Great Western Hospital site and now that we will secure the land, our attention and our work to securing funds to build and expand our services onto it.”
— Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Executive, Kevin McNamara

The purchase will be transformative for the Trust and its service users, with further developments including a new out-patient and diagnostic facility and a ‘high-tech’ cancer centre which will also sit on the expansion land over the coming years. 

A Radiotherapy Centre and new Urgent Treatment Centre developments are already underway.

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