Ruth Edwards visited Stanford Hall today to see the progress being made on the construction of Rushcliffe’s newest NHS hospital, the National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC).
This state-of-the-art facility is part of the Government’s New Hospitals Programme and is set to open its doors to patients towards the end of 2024.
Ruth has supported the plans for a National Rehabilitation Centre since being elected in 2019, working to help secure the funds from the Government and personally appealing to the Chancellor to sign off the business case.
The centre itself will be the civilian equivalent of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which is also co-located at Stanford Hall. The £105 million NRC will have 70 beds, as well as share some specialist facilities with the DMRC. This includes a hydrotherapy pool, gait lab and Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment – a high-tech treadmill device to help people learn to walk again.
Ruth met with individuals from a variety of areas specialising in clinical and academic rehabilitation to hear about their work to create the world-leading facilities and research that will be available at NRC. They also discussed the ways in which NRC will use innovative digital technology to transform how patients best recover from injuries and surgeries in what will be one of the countries’ first Net Zero hospitals.
The NRC is the latest Government investment into the NHS in Nottinghamshire. Other recent investment includes Government funding for a Community Diagnostic Centre and a £10 million new ward at the QMC for elderly patients.
Ruth said “I want to congratulate the whole project team for their amazing work, in creating a leading hub of patient care, research and innovation. I am proud that it will be located in Rushcliffe but I also know that this is just the first step in the NHS’s plans to roll out more regional rehabilitation hubs in the future.
It was great to see the incredible vision behind this project starting to become a reality as the building goes up. I am really excited to see it completed at the end of next year and I look forward to continuing to support the National Rehabilitation Centre in the future.”