Proposals to spend £450 million transforming acute hospital and maternity services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have begun public consultation. The plans involve the three main hospitals in Leicester as well as the midwifery-led unit in Melton Mowbray. A balance is needed between bringing together specialist services and ensuring sufficient community and local provision. Your views are needed.
The Building Better Hospitals for the Future proposals are for:
- 139 more hospital beds
- moving all acute and maternity services to the Leicester Royal Infirmary and to Glenfield Hospital
- A planned care treatment centre at the Glenfield Hospital which would help stop urgent pressures leading to patients having their routine surgery cancelled
- This centre, along with more outpatient appointments delivered virtually or closer to Barrow, would reduce the number of patients attending the Leicester Royal Infirmary site by more than half a million per year
- The creation of the first dedicated single-site children’s hospital in the East Midlands, based in the Kensington Building Leicester Royal Infirmary
- A maternity hospital developed at Leicester Royal Infirmary, for all those Barrow babies
- Two ‘super’ intensive care units with 100 beds in total
- A welcome centre to help people find their way around the hospital sites, modernised wards, operating theatres and imaging facilities
- Additional car parking – something much-needed if you are not able to use the bus or train from Barrow
- A new ‘community health campus’ with non-acute services with in-patient beds for patients recovering from a stroke, new GP direct access imaging facilities such as x-rays and scans to help diagnose patients’ conditions more quickly, and the retention of the existing diabetes centre of excellence
- New primary care urgent treatment centre; outpatient facilities for mental as well as physical conditions
- Greater use of hydrotherapy pools in the community – I wonder if one is planned for Barrow?