Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to submit planning applications to Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council for two additional theatres and a new day surgery unit at the rear of the Cheltenham General site and the improvement of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s emergency department and acute medical unit facilities to improve diagnosis, assessment, treatment and patient flow for adults and children. These changes will also include a redesigned orthopaedic outpatients’ area, additional x-ray capacity and improved ward facilities.
In 2018, Gloucestershire was awarded £39.5 million of capital by NHS England to improve its acute hospital facilities, in recognition of the strong partnership working between health, social care and the voluntary sector in the county. This way of working together is referred to as the Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS).
The planning permission is being submitted by IDP Health.
The development at Cheltenham will provide additional space for our surgical services in purpose built facilities which will improve patient and staff experience, enabling the adoption of more efficient ways of working, thereby reducing waiting lists and resulting in fewer operations being cancelled.
Local building contractor Kier has been appointed as construction partner to complete the work. Kier has successfully overseen some of the county’s most iconic construction developments in recent times including the new grand stand at Cheltenham Racecourse, the rejuvenation of the Gloucester bus station as well as the development of the new community fire station on Keynsham Road, Cheltenham.
Subject to planning permission and additional Trust and NHS England assurance processes, work should start work on the site next year, with the aim of the new building being open and treating patients in early 2023.