Outline permission granted for £45m overhaul of Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely
Outline planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely.
East Cambridgeshire District Council backed the three-year vision to overhaul the hospital, where all services will be retained and additional day surgeries, new diagnostic facilities and comprehensive GP and pharmacy services added.
District council leader Cllr Anna Bailey (Con, Downham) said: “This is a long and hard fought-for milestone in this project which the residents of East Cambridgeshire deserve.
“We need to fully integrate health and social care, which will work at its best if it is locally understood, locally based and locally run.
“Our local primary care network is full of people who get this and are passionate about it and up for it.”
She added: “I have been working for a long time to promote the redevelopment of the Princes of Wales Hospital into a modern health centre, a place where more services can be delivered, avoiding the need for people to travel to Addenbrooke’s, Hinchingbrooke and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”
A local urgent care service will be provided on site, with standard opening times and on-site back-up diagnostics.
New buildings will replace the outdated ones, but there are no plans for an A&E. However, a ‘care suites’ building is proposed by the county council.
“A modern alternative to the care home, care suites offer your own front door with all the care needed flexibly available on site, and with new facilities serving the development but available to the whole community, such as a shop and a hairdresser,” explained Cllr Bailey.
“This long-awaited proposal gives us an opportunity to redevelop the site, to remove the ugly and disused buildings and replace them with a state-of-the-art facility that will be a significant benefit to our growing population.”
She added: “Whilst this is a very important milestone, there is much work yet to do to secure the full funding needed for this £45million project. The district council is looking forward to receiving an application from the NHS for community infrastructure levy (CIL) funding, where we hope to make make a contribution towards the cost.”