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Addenbrooke’s Hospital could be rebuilt from 2025 after government announces share of £100m funding




Addenbrooke’s could be rebuilt as a state-of-the-art hospital after the government announced that it would share in an initial £100million funding to develop its plans.

Work could begin on the new Cambridge hospital as early as 2025.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and health secretary Matt Hancock announced today (Sunday) that 21 hospital trusts would share in the £100m seed funding to develop their business cases.

Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Keith Heppell
Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Keith Heppell

The funding represents an endorsement of the plans of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), which runs Addenbrooke’s.

It envisages a rebuilt hospital as the centrepiece of an innovative new healthcare system, modelling new approaches as part of work to integrate services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Benefitting from Cambridge research, and the wider life science ecosystem on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, the new facility is being seen as a ‘hospital of the future’.

Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), which runs Addenbrooke’s, said: “This is not only great news for patients in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough but also a huge opportunity for UK life sciences, which are such an important driver of economic growth.

“We’ve been working closely over a long period of time with government, our patients and our healthcare system partners to work out how we respond to rapidly growing demand for hospital and other services. A transformation of the workforce, digital technology and relationships with research and industry will be central in meeting the challenge.

“With this announcement we are uniquely poised to revolutionise healthcare in hospitals, GP surgeries, the community and in homes. This is going to be a game-changer.

The entrance to the Addenbrooke's Hospital site off Hills Road
The entrance to the Addenbrooke's Hospital site off Hills Road

“We also need to advance our role in pushing forward the boundaries of what medicine can achieve and how it can be delivered more efficiently. Included in this is a huge challenge laid out on the Government’s long term plan for health and social care around wellness, prevention, early diagnosis and precision medicine and this has the power to truly change lives for the better. If anywhere can find the answers that create the future of healthcare, I’m confident that Cambridge can.”

The funding is part of a new healthcare infrastructure plan being unveiled on Monday (September 30) by the government.

The Department for Health and Social Care confirmed £2.7billion to fund new hospitals run by Barts Health Trust, Epsom and St Helier Trust, West Hertfordshire Trust, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. It is intended that these will be delivered by 2025.

The aim for the 21 hospital trusts sharing £100million in seed funding, including CUH, is to deliver their projects between 2025-30, subject to the approval of their business cases and agreement over full funding.

Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Keith Heppell
Roland Sinker, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Picture: Keith Heppell

CUH points out that it is already delivering innovative and agile models of healthcare, underpinned by research.

It is working with GPs, community nursing, therapy teams, social workers and charities to co-ordinate services more effectively to ensure patients are cared for closer to home.

And it is developing plans for two new hospitals:

  • Cambridge Children’s, as it will be known, will integrate children’s mental and physical health services, alongside research in genomics and psychiatry.
  • Cambridge Cancer, a new dedicated cancer hospital, will bring together the clinical expertise of Addenbrooke’s with scientists from Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre and the University of Cambridge. The aim is to lead the way in disease detection and precision medicine. Using real-time data from patients receiving treatment, the hospital will tailor medicine to their DNA and inform future care for others.

CUH is also involved in a new Digital Innovation Hub. Working with the National Institute for Health Research’s IBD BioResource, health records, imaging data and genomic records will be co-ordinated for more than 27,000 patients with inflammatory bowel disease, which will help improve patient care.

The history of Addenbrooke's

The Queen opening the new Addenbrooke’s in 1962. Picture: CUH
The Queen opening the new Addenbrooke’s in 1962. Picture: CUH

Addenbrooke's originally opened on October 13, 1766, with a 20-bed infirmary in Trumpington Street, built with £4,500 left in the will of St Catharine's College fellow Dr John Addenbrooke in his will in 1719. It was enlarged and largely reconstructed in 1864-65.

The Mill Road Maternity Hospital opened in 1948 then, in 1951, the Hills Road site was purchased for £4,350 , with the first buildings opened on May 28, 1962, by the Queen. Stage two was completed in 1972, and the Rosie Maternity Unit opened in 1983.

In October 1984, the last patient moved from the old hospital site, which is now occupied by Cambridge Judge Business School and Browns Brasserie and Bar.

The new Rosie Hospital was opened by the Queen on May 24, 2013.

An aerial view of Addenbrooke’s from around 1970. Picture: CUH
An aerial view of Addenbrooke’s from around 1970. Picture: CUH

Cambridge's life science pedigree

Cambridge accounts for some £5bn of the £8.4bn contribution of life sciences to the UK economy

Cambridge has produced 20 Nobel Prize winners in life sciences since 2000

More than 20,000 people work on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC) covering 157 acres – and this is growing

NHS clinicians at Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth Hospitals work alongside researchers and industry on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus

Also on the campus are University of Cambridge institutions, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council and GlaxoSmithKline

AstraZeneca is set to open its new global HQ on the campus in 2020

The Cambridge cluster includes more than 30 science and technology parks

440 life sciences companies are located within a 15-mile radius of Cambridge

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