Fresh pictures of a long-awaited new hospital in Hillingdon have been released as part of a public consultation.
Local NHS officials said the new hospital would be “modern,” easy to navigate, and enclosed in a clean and well-lit building under its plans.
The “masterplan” images were released on Tuesday as part of a six-week public exhibition of the new hospital plans.
Busy areas of the new hospital, such as emergency care wards, will be on lower floors for easier access, while in-patient floors will be higher up to maximise natural light.
The new hospital will be built next to the original building, meaning local healthcare services will not stop during construction.
Parts of the current hospital have become so unsafe they have been closed to patients and staff due to their construction as wartime accommodation.
Eighty-one per cent of the hospital building requires urgent work and it would cost £211m to undertake all necessary repairs for the short term, the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said.
The trust describes the outdated site as “maze-like” and “difficult to get around,” impacting on patient safety, dignity and experience.
These design issues increase the weight of the financial deficit and risks affecting the quality of care, the trust added.
Compared to the current wards, where 28 per cent of beds are single rooms, 70 per cent of rooms are planned to be single on each ward to control the spread of infection.
Less than half of the current hospital site will be taken up by the proposed new hospital, with the other half cleared and marked for development.
An outline planning application has been submitted for a transport hub and 327 homes.
North west London’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) say modern construction methods will ensure a fast build while retaining a ‘high quality appearance’ for decades to come.
The public are being encouraged to give feedback on the outlined plans either through an online form or at a webinar on July 1.
Prime Minister and MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson has backed the new Hillingdon Hospital plans.
A Hillingdon Labour spokesperson said: “Hillingdon Hospital is in desperate need of a new building, and we welcome steps being taken to make it a reality. Staff at the hospital do a fantastic job despite the outdated physical building that they work in.
“But there are aspects of the proposals that will warrant a closer look.
We’re testing a new site:
“Of course we need more housing in the borough, but there is limited information about how genuinely affordable this will be, or whether it will simply be bought up by wealthy people who do not even live in the borough to be rented out for profit.
“There are questions that need to be asked, and we will certainly be asking them.”
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