Millions of pounds set to be invested in hospital as Government announces funding boost

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, in Huntingdon.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, in Huntingdon. - Credit: Archant

Health and social care services across Cambridgeshire are to benefit from a multi-million pound cash injection, including £25million for Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced on Friday that a capital investment of £145million would be set aside for health and social care in the county as part of a national allocation of almost £1billion.

The funding includes £25 million for Hinchingbrooke Hospital and £19 million for Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

The Hinchingbrooke money could be used to fund improvements in emergency medicine and ward capacity at the hospital, officials have said.

Caroline Walker, chief executive of the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Hinchingbrooke, said: “We are incredibly pleased with the success of our application to invest in clinical services provided at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. “This funding will allow us to develop and improve a vast number of areas, including theatres, ward capacity and emergency medicine. It will also help us deliver the trust’s vision for elective care and become a centre of excellence for rehabilitation.”

The funding partnership bid will also provide up to £100million of capital investment to build a new children’s hospital on the new Addenbrooke’s and Royal Papworth site, in Cambridge.

Interim accountable officer for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough sustainability and transformation partnership, and chief executive of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Roland Sinker said: “A world class children’s hospital that integrates mental and physical health is a vital step forward for some of the sickest children in the East of England.

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“It means they will be cared for in facilities that are expertly designed for their particular needs. We will also be able to bring together the best academic and industry talent to find new ways of diagnosing and treating some of the most challenging diseases of childhood and prevent long term ill health.”