Maximising safety of our current site

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A corridor with some vertical steel props holding up the hospital ceiling

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.

The Government is committed to eradicating RAAC in hospitals by 2035. Our deadline at QEH, based on national expert opinion, is 2030.

We currently have 5,062 steel and timber support props in 56 areas of the hospital – across our wards, waiting areas, clinic rooms and office spaces. This is over eight times more props than beds.

Installing more props and failsafes maximises safety but doesn’t extend the life of our buildings beyond 2030.

We are doing everything possible to plan, build, and open a new hospital before QEH’s end of life deadline of 2030.

Building a new QEH is the only solution to the challenges we face. We remain incredibly grateful for the tireless support of our patients, their loved ones, our staff, and our local community.

“Working conditions for hospital staff are crucial to the quality of care they’re able to provide.”

Tim Callaghan, local resident

Modernising the current QEH

QEH new car park mock up

We have been working to invest in new facilities in our current buildings, where it makes sense to do so.

The voices of our local community and staff

QEH new car park mock up

Over recent months, people have been adding their support by sharing their thoughts, feelings, and views on why we need a new hospital.

Why we need a new QEH

a 3D model of our proposed new hospital and new car park

The current QEH is a RAAC (Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) hospital, which was built in 1980 and designed to last 30 years. 

The support from our stakeholders

Secretary of State for Health and Social care, Steve Barclay MP, greets staff at QEH

We are delighted to have received a broad range of support from our local communities, our patients, our staff, and our supporters.