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Plans to improve Nottingham’s NHS buildings

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A long-term scheme to improve the state of NHS buildings across the county is being planned.

The project is being masterminded by a top-level group of hospital and NHS bosses known as the Integrated Care System (ICS)

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In a meeting – the first to be held in public – they said replacing old and tired buildings not only improves experiences for patients but also saves money in the long run.

Now, detailed plans are being put together on how to bring improvements to the standard of buildings.

In Autumn this year, the plans will be submitted to the national NHS, arguing the case for major improvements to estates in Nottinghamshire.

One of the major focuses is expected to be Nottingham University Hospitals.

In February, NHS data showed there were urgent repair bills of more than £100 million at NUH, with £77 million of these at QMC.

In addition to the list of repairs, there have long been calls to build a new Accident and Emergency department at Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham.

The emergency department at the hospital frequently sees 550 patients per day, but was designed for just 350 per day.

Eric Morton is the chairman of the NUH board, and speaking generally about estates in the county, he said: “I do think we need to look at estates across the board, we need to get real and we need to completely honest.

“Where we’ve got grossly inadequate estates, be that in acute, mental health or primary care, we need to make a decision. We either replace or get rid.

“What we can’t do is prop up inadequate estate wherever it is.”

He went on to say: “Getting rid of the inadequate or poor estate is better for patients, and actually saves money in the face of financial challenges.”

Andrew Chatten is the director of estates and facilities at NUH, and said: “The trust is seeking significant additional investment to refurbish and renew its estate in the longer-term and is developing plans with Nottingham and Nottinghamshire system partners in support of this which are consistent with trust’s and system’s clinical service strategies which remain under development.”

Alongside the long-term estates strategy, the ICS is also asking patients and members of the public for their views on healthcare in Notts.

The campaign, known as ‘What matters to you?’, aims to hear from as many people as possible, in order to shape health and social care around what people want to see.

To have your say, visit www.nottswhatmatterstoyou.co.uk

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