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.
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.