Approval for next stage of new hospital plans

Barts NHS Hospital Trust has been given the green light to move forward with plans for building a new hospital at Whipps Cross, along with related works.

Whipps Cross is one of six new hospitals to benefit from £2.7 billion of funding, subject to business case approvals, as part of the Government’s Health Infrastructure programme.

On Friday 4 September 2020 Barts Health NHS Trust published ‘Building a Brighter Future for Whipps Cross – Moving to the next stage’.

This offers a summary of the vision for the new Whipps Cross Hospital and follows the Government’s endorsement of the Trust’s Strategic Outline Case (SOC), providing formal confirmation of the Trust’s progression to the next stage of the business case process.

Read the SOC Summary

Waltham Forest Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Voluntary Sector Partnerships, Councillor Naheed Asghar, said: "This is very welcome news for local residents and our congratulations goes to the team which has achieved this Government approval.

"We now look forward to working with the hopsital team to bring forward a planning application next year to deiver this brighter future for Whipps Cross."

What happens next

The new Whipps Cross Hospital will continue to provide the same core services as today, including A&E and maternity services, but will improve the way these services are delivered, including faster and more convenient care for patients and in the very best facilities that are purpose built for modern healthcare delivery.

The Trust has printed a one-page summary of its vision for the future.

Read the Vision at a glance

The next stage is for the Trust to develop its Outline Business Case (OBC), which will provide more detail of plans to improve health and care services for the local population, design a new hospital building that is fit for purpose and develop the site for the local community.

This next phase of detailed planning will also consider the long-term impact on the hospital and on other health and care services of the response to Covid-19 as well as work by a newly appointed architect-led design team to involve service users and staff in shaping the hospital’s design.