A project to make better use of the Royal South Hants Hospital and the Western Community Hospitals has received national support with news of £15.83million of government funding coming to Southampton.
Subject to planning permission and a Full Business Case, the money will be used by Solent NHS Trust to construct a purpose-built older people inpatient and therapies unit at the Western to replace and expand the existing facilities at the RSH – parts of which are housed in a building dating back to the 1890s.
This is part of the Government’s multi-year £2.9 billion funding package of additional capital investment in the NHS to provide better service models for patients, integrate care services and renew aging facilities.
The new facility at Western Community Hospital will increase step-up/step-down bed capacity for older people from 43 currently to 50 and the number of single rooms from 9 currently to 26.
This increased capacity is important given the large increase in the number of older people in our population that we will see across the next five years.
A total of 75 new schemes across England will receive funding to transform and modernise NHS services by upgrading facilities, increasing capacity so more people can be treated, and shifting the emphasis towards prevention.
Responding to the news, John Richards, Chief Executive Officer at NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“This is excellent news for Southampton, because as our population ages, we need to make sure we have the best services for the future. I congratulate everyone involved in this successful bid.
“This funding allows the NHS to make better use of the Western Community Hospital site, which we hope will become the main site in the city for older people’s health services. By having both older people’s physical and mental health services located on the same site, these services can become more resilient in the future. In turn, this also helps to unlock the Royal South Hants site for exciting new developments in health and social care”