The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt, has announced £760 million of capital funding on programmes such as new urgent care centres, refurbishing mental health facilities and increasing the numbers of beds available to people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.
Our ‘phase 2’ refurbishment of St Mary’s Community Health Campus (SMCHC) is one of 40 NHS hospitals and community services that will receive this funding. We will be receiving up to £10.3 million to refurbish Block B at SMCHC, which will enable us to relocate a number of our teams to that site.
Sue Harriman, Solent NHS Trust’s Chief Executive, said,
“Over the last few years, we have made significant investment in our estate to ensure our premises are designed to best meet the needs of our patients and service users, whilst also future proofing them.
This welcome £10.3million injection from the Government allows us to complete the second phase of our re-development of clinical services at St Mary’s Community Health Campus. Along with our local health and social care partners, we have been turning this site into a key health hub for the city of Portsmouth, catering for a wide range of community care and mental health services.
We hope, at the end of the refurbishment of Block B at St Mary’s Community Health Campus, we will be able to relocate some of our services from St James’ Hospital. This co-location with other services will help improve multi-agency working but importantly, will help ensure our patients get the best possible experience in our care.
That is our priority as we seek to make a difference to each individual person who comes into contact with our services.
We are looking forward to sharing plans with our patients, staff and health and social care partners. It’s befitting that in the year our NHS turns 70, we are taking some further steps towards building infrastructure that will continue to service the community for many more years.”
Dr Linda Collie, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“The St Mary’s site is of fundamental importance to the NHS in Portsmouth, and so the announcement of this funding is hugely welcome news.
“We know that most people, most of the time, want to get the care they need without having to travel to major hospitals, and so we want to ensure that we expand the services available at sites like St Mary’s – that makes sense for the local NHS, and makes sense for patients.
“In the future we know that we need to radically improve the way we support people in the community, and this money will help us to do that.” Ends
*You can find the government announcement here