The support from our stakeholders

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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.

Read the reaction of the announcement of securing funding for a new QEH from our Chair, Chief Executive, Lead Governor and Stakeholders:

Alice Webster, CEO of QEH: “We are absolutely delighted to have been added to the national New Hospital Programme so we can move on with our plans at pace to bring a much-needed new hospital to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. This is excellent news for our patients, the local communities we serve and our staff and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us to get to this stage. The new hospital campaign has united us all and I am delighted that we have achieved this result for our patients and local community together.”

Antonia Hardcastle, Lead Governor of QEH: The Governors are delighted that OH has been awarded funding for a new hospital. Now our patients can be assured that they will benefit from a modern hospital.

Alex Stewart, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Norfolk: “Healthwatch Norfolk is delighted that the hospital has been chosen for the New Hospital Programme. It is obvious that the current state of the hospital with the growing number of props in place increasingly impacts adversely on patient, family and staff experience and in turn the confidence people have in the QEH, despite the significant improvements that have clearly been made by the leadership team over the last three years as recognised by the CQC earlier in the year. It is essential that we have a hospital in the area that is fit for purpose to serve our local residents and this news confirms that this will now happen.”

Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive, Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: “This is the fantastic news we have been waiting for. With funding secured, the badly needed hospital to serve the residents of West Norfolk and beyond will now become a reality.”

Chris Lawrence, Trust Chair of QEH: “This is fantastic news and a pivotal moment for QEH. A new hospital is the only sustainable long-term solution to the unique challenges we face and we are really pleased the urgent need for a new QEH has been recognised. We can now move forward with building a new hospital on the current hospital site so we are ready to open doors to patients from 2029.”

James Wild, MP for North West Norfolk said: “The announcement that QEH will be one of the new hospitals that the government is committed to building by 2030 is fantastic news. Following more than three years of hard campaigning, I’m delighted the compelling case I’ve been putting forward for a new hospital has been accepted. This success was only possible by working closely with Team QEH, local MPs, councils, and with strong local support.

“This means a hospital fit for the future will be built and it is a momentous day for West Norfolk. Now I will work with QEH, the NHS, and government to deliver the new hospital that patients, staff, and their families deserve by 2030.”

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board, said: “I am delighted by the announcement today of a new hospital serving the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area. This redevelopment is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a great new hospital for local people that will provide excellent healthcare and clinical facilities in a safe, modern environment, helping to improve health outcomes for our local communities for many years to come.  

“Everyone in Norfolk and Waveney has been waiting patiently for this announcement, knowing that a new hospital is really needed. In addition to the new hospital planned to replace the James Paget University Hospital, and other capital investment programmes already confirmed across Norfolk and Waveney, this will give our staff, people and communities the modern facilities they need and deserve.”

Alice Webster, Acting CEO of QEH: “We are absolutely delighted to have been added to the national New Hospital Programme so we can move on with our plans at pace to bring a much-needed new hospital to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. This is excellent news for our patients, the local communities we serve and our staff and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us to get to this stage. The new hospital campaign has united us all and I am delighted that we have achieved this result for our patients and local community together.”

Chris Lawrence, Trust Chair of QEH: “This is fantastic news and a pivotal moment for QEH. A new hospital is the only sustainable long-term solution to the unique challenges we face and we are really pleased the urgent need for a new QEH has been recognised. We can now move forward with building a new hospital on the current hospital site so we are ready to open doors to patients from 2029.”

Esme Corner OBE, Lead Governor of QEH: “The Governors are delighted the QEH has been included on the Government’s New Hospital Programme and our community will finally get a new build hospital. We congratulate all who have been involved in putting together the compelling case to replace our ageing estate for a new hospital. We also thank our wonderful local community and all who have backed our bid for their outstanding support.”

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “I am delighted by the announcement today of a new hospital serving the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area. This redevelopment is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a great new hospital for local people that will provide excellent healthcare and clinical facilities in a safe, modern environment, improving health outcomes for our local communities for many years to come.  

“Everyone in Norfolk and Waveney has been waiting patiently for this announcement, knowing that a new hospital is really needed. In addition to the new hospital planned to replace the James Paget University Hospital, and other capital investment programmes already confirmed across Norfolk and Waveney, this will give our staff, people and communities the modern facilities they need and deserve.”

Councillor Stuart Dark MBE, Leader, Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: “This is brilliant news and is testimony to the hard work of all those involved including the immense support from the local community, to whom we must give our thanks. As a Council we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the work of our NHS colleagues. We have briefed Secretaries of State, created an online petition and ensured that local MPs, County Councillor and Borough Councillors were all on board, through motions to full council. We will continue to do everything we can to help support the development of the new hospital.”

Lorraine Gore, Chief Executive, Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk: “This is the fantastic news we have been waiting for. With funding secured, the badly needed hospital to serve the residents of West Norfolk and beyond will now become a reality.”

Alex Stewart, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Norfolk: “Healthwatch Norfolk is delighted that the hospital has been chosen for the New Hospital Programme. It is obvious that the current state of the hospital with the growing number of props in place increasingly impacts adversely on patient, family and staff experience and in turn the confidence people have in the QEH, despite the significant improvements that have clearly been made by the leadership team over the last three years as recognised by the CQC earlier in the year. It is essential that we have a hospital in the area that is fit for purpose to serve our local residents and this news confirms that this will now happen.”

Alexandra Kemp, County Councillor for Clenchwarton and Lynn South: “I am rejoicing that the QEH has finally made it onto the New Hospital Programme and funding for a new hospital is secured. King’s Lynn will finally be able to have the hospital it needs and deserves. Government must release the funds now, so work can begin immediately. There must be no delay”.

Charles Joyce, Leader of the Labour Group and Ward Councillor for South and West Lynn: “This is a step to victory for all the people of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire who use the QEH as their main hospital, and all the people, including the country’s first family, who visit the area and need medical help.

“We can now dare to hope the dawn will rise on the day that clinicians and everyone at the QEH will no longer feel as if they are with Médecins Sans Frontières but have a modern general hospital to deliver services from.”

Terry Parish, Leader of the Group of Independent Councillors: “This is a much awaited and welcome announcement. We value the work that the executive team has put in to ensure our case was strong and compelling. The work undertaken by all the hospital staff to get the Trust out of ‘special measures’ has been phenomenal and knowing we’ve secured the funding to get them the building they deserve is wonderful. Public involvement in the campaign for a new hospital has been both creative and consistent and both the energy and determination Cllr Jo Rust played in this aspect have been outstanding.”

 

Maximising safety of our current site

Timber failsafes support the ceiling in our operating theatres

Our current buildings have reached the end of their life. Steel and timber support props maximise the safety of the hospital, but they don’t extend its life beyond 2030.

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. 

Modernising the current QEH

Exterior of our new Endoscopy Unit, showing the new building in bronze coloured cladding and large windows

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