Our plans for a new QEH

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A pictorial site plan of the QEH site, showing proposed new hospital and adjoining proposed car park

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A new hospital that is fit for the future for many decades to come will enable us to provide outstanding care in world-class facilities and meet the demands of our growing and ageing population.

We want to become the best rural District General Hospital for patient and staff experience and a new hospital is central to achieving this ambition.

The current QEH is a RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) hospital, which was built in 1980 and designed to last 30 years. RAAC is a lightweight form of concrete used to manufacture pre-cast planks which have been used to build QEH. These planks are now more than 40 years old and have reached the end of their life.

Our new hospital scheme is a single-phase new build on our existing hospital site which will cost over £800m.

This is the only solution for delivering a new QEH ahead of our 2030 deadline for eliminating RAAC and is the option that brings least disruption to patients and staff during the build and construction period. It also provides best value for money and return on investment.

Now we have received confirmation we have been added to the New Hospital Programme, we are moving from the Strategic Outline Case stage to Outline Business Case stage.

Proposed New Hospital Timeline

June 2023

Demolition of Inspire Centre 

Inspire Centre starting to be demolished

June 2023 - September 2023

Multi-storey car park planning and outline business case

Computer generated view of the multi-storey car park

December 2024

Work on the multi-storey car park expected to begin

An architectural drawing of our new multi-storey car park, from the air

December 2025

Work on multi-storey car park expected to complete

Computer generated view of the multi-storey car park

2023-2025

Full business case and enabling works

A pictorial site plan of the QEH site, showing proposed new hospital and adjoining proposed car park

Mid 2026

Construction work expected to begin on new hospital

An aerial shot of the current QEH hospital site

2030

Construction expected to complete on new hospital

A pictorial site plan of the QEH site, showing proposed new hospital and adjoining proposed car park

“The staff at QEH are first class.
They, as well as the patients, deserve a first-class hospital.”

Kim, local resident

Providing you with the very best care while we plan your new hospital

Although we have been confirmed as one of the Government’s new hospital schemes, we know it will take a number of years to go through the necessary planning and approvals process and build the hospital. The very earliest we would expect the new hospital to open its doors would be 2030.

As a RAAC hospital, QEH will continue to need significant annual investment and it will be crucial that we continue to invest in our hospital during this time to maximise safety and make sure we provide the best care and experience we can for our patients, their families and our staff.

Our new hospital scheme will help to ensure that there is always a District General Hospital in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, delivering core services to our population. The new hospital would provide a once in a generation opportunity to transform and modernise healthcare, recognising historic under-investment in health and care in this part of the region.

Consistent with our Clinical Strategy, it would enable QEH to become a centre of excellence for frailty and stroke, day surgery and regional anaesthesia, research and innovation, and same day emergency care.

Two female pharmacists smiling at the camera, auditing medicine stock

What happens next?

We are now working to develop an Outline Business Case followed by a Full Business Case. Enabling works for a new hospital need to begin in 2025, with the doors to open on a new QEH in 2030.

Thank you for your ongoing support while we continue the vital work to bring a new QEH to King’s Lynn.

Our journey so far

QEH new car park mock up
We have been working tirelessly to progress plans for a new hospital and ensure that we are ‘investment ready’.

Paving the way – our brand new multi-storey car park

An architectural drawing of our new multi-storey car park, from the air
Building our new multi-storey car park is a vital first step in delivering a new hospital.