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New Papworth Hospital to open in September 2018 after £40million cutting-edge medical tech investment


By Ben Comber


Papworth Hospital - artist impression of south entrance approach
Papworth Hospital - artist impression of south entrance approach

The move has been pushed back from May, but CEO says it's an investment for future generations. Take a look inside.

Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - the view from the roof of the building. Pic - Richard Marsham
Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - the view from the roof of the building. Pic - Richard Marsham

Next year Papworth Hospital will pull up its 100-year-old roots and plant them 12 miles away in the city’s Biomedical Campus – and this week the Cambridge Independent was given an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at progress on the site.

The centenary of the world-renowned heart and lung hospital falls in February 2018. The plan was to have staff in the new building by next May, but this has now been pushed back to September.

Stephen Posey, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s chief executive officer, says it’s all part of making sure the hospital is future-proofed and ready for another 100 years at the forefront of cardiology.

“Papworth is famous for its pioneering spirit,” he said. “Lots of clinical firsts have happened at Papworth Hospital and we want to bring that with us to this site.”

Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - pictued is one of the patient bedrooms. Pic - Richard Marsham
Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - pictued is one of the patient bedrooms. Pic - Richard Marsham

A £40million spend has been approved to secure CT, MRI and X-ray scanners, some of which are likely to be the newest in Europe, as well as a pharmacy robot and hybrid theatres.

“We were always going to have a major equipment programme for the new Papworth Hospital,” Mr Posey continued. “We planned with the equipment that was available on the market at that point in time, but the plan takes years to come to fruition.

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Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - pictured is the entrance atrium. Pic - Richard Marsham
Work continues on the new Papworth Hospital sited on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus - pictured is the entrance atrium. Pic - Richard Marsham

“One of our commitments as Papworth Hospital, because we want to be a leading-edge, world-class organisation, is we want the most modern state-of-the-art equipment. There are a number of pieces of equipment going in which meant that we need to make some structural changes to the building.

“They need to be seen really in the context of old Papworth going for nearly a hundred years – we’re future-proofing the building for future generations. So it has an impact, but we think it’s absolutely the right decision to take.”



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