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NHS gets funding green light for new buildings, wards and beds

Forty NHS hospitals and community services will get £760 million to modernise and transform their buildings and services in the year of the NHS’s 70th birthday.

hospital waiting area

The funding was announced today by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt. It is the biggest investment of its kind in the NHS in over 10 years. The NHS will spend the money on programmes to meet local demand, such as new urgent care centres and refurbishing mental health facilities.

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) will receive £300 million to transform local hospital services. It proposes to use the funding to develop an emergency care site and a separate planned care site, with 24-hour urgent care centres at both sites.

The remainder of the money will be awarded to 39 smaller projects, including:

  • £6 million to upgrade services of 8 trusts across Yorkshire
  • £8 million for a new health and wellbeing centre to join up local NHS services in Kent
  • £13 million for 2 new urgent care centres in Newton Abbot and Torquay, and refurbishment of Torbay Hospital’s A&E department
  • several million pounds for local NHS services in London, including one project worth up to £11 million

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt said:

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday, we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history. As well as a whole new emergency care development in Shropshire, we are backing local NHS services with new buildings, beds and wards so that staff who have been working incredibly hard over winter can have confidence we are expanding capacity for the future.

Further major projects are also under consideration across the country and we intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year going forward based on high-quality plans coming forward from local NHS leaders.

The government is also releasing £150 million to support the NHS’s work to become more efficient. This additional money will be used to:

  • improve the use of a digital programme that helps the NHS use its workforce better
  • enable more efficient use of energy in hospitals, which could save the NHS £12 million a year in the first 3 years
  • improve pharmacy IT and administration systems to reduce medication errors and improve patient safety

40 NHS hospitals and community services to receive STP capital funding:

Region STP Scheme Value
North Lancashire and South Cumbria Up to £31.2 million
North West Yorkshire Up to £2 million
North West Yorkshire Up to £1.5 million
North West Yorkshire Up to £15.0 million
North West Yorkshire Up to £6.1 million
North Humber, Coast and Vale Up to £7.5 million
Midlands and East Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Up to £312 million
Midlands and East Derbyshire Up to £6.5 million
Midlands and East The Black Country Up to £3.3 million
Midlands and East The Black Country Up to £9 million
Midlands and East Norfolk and Waveney Up to £0.6 million
Midlands and East Suffolk and North East Essex Up to £69 million
Midlands and East Suffolk and North East Essex Up to £3.4 million
Midlands and East Suffolk and North East Essex Up to £14.7 million
Midlands and East Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton Up to £6 million
Midlands and East Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton Up to £1.1 million
London North West London Up to £2.1 million
London North West London Up to £2.1 million
London North Central London Up to £0.3 million
London South West London Up to £9.8 million
London South West London Up to £2.15 million
London South West London Up to £11.1 million
London South West London Up to £2.7 million
South Kent & Medway Up to £6 million
South Kent & Medway Up to £8.5 million
South Kent & Medway Up to £1 million
South Kent & Medway Up to £2.5 million
South Kent & Medway Up to £1.5 million
South Sussex and East Surrey Up to £19.3 million
South Surrey Heartlands Up to £0.5 million
South Devon Up to £13.3 million
South Devon Up to £26.2 million
South Somerset Up to £79.4 million
South Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Up To £7.5 million
South Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Up to £2 million
South Hampshire and Isle of Wight Up to £3 million
South Hampshire and Isle of Wight Up to £10.3 million
South Hampshire and Isle of Wight Up to £17.5 million
South Gloucestershire Up to £39.5 million
South Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire Up to £2 million
Published 28 March 2018
Last updated 28 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Full list has been added of the 40 NHS hospitals and community services to receive STP capital funding.
  2. First published.