Our Buildings

Project aims

Whittington Health NHS Trust is in the process of planning for how healthcare will be delivered in the future.
 
The way that healthcare is provided is always changing and we are ambitious to make sure the experience patients have when they use our services is constantly improving.
 
People come to us expecting healthcare that is delivered in modern facilities, near their homes and increasingly with the opportunity to choose telemedicine and remote monitoring rather than traditional outpatient appointments. We want to stay at the forefront of these changes.
 
We have been undertaking a significant piece of research and planning, led by a dedicated team within the Trust, supported by specialist health planners. A series of workshops have been held with every clinical service unit to understand their current needs for treating and caring for patients, how this is predicted to change, and how new technology and innovation will impact healthcare delivery in the future and through local partners we also sought views from local communities. We will also be working with Islington and Haringey Councils, the Greater London Authority and other partners who will be key to helping us develop our plans.
 
Through this work, priorities are emerging.  At the moment, these are:
  • Providing services at a local level, co-located with other services where possible and providing more specialist services in larger health and wellbeing hubs
  • Maternity and neonatal care facilities on the Whittington hospital site
  • Children's specialist community service facilities
  • Providing integrated health and wellbeing services from the Whittington hospital site
  • Accommodation for staff
  • Emergency and urgent care facilities
  • Increasing operational efficiency (for example, having our theatres are on one floor, making sure our wards are an optimum size for the best possible care, increasing our use of technology)
  • Creating facilities that are flexible and will support us in providing high quality care for the next 20+ years

Our goal is to review our existing sites and buildings, both at the Whittington hospital site and across the communities in which we work, to ensure that our physical estate is fit for the future of providing healthcare.

Project aims and timescales

Nov 2018-April 2019 Engagement with clinical service units and clinical staff.

April-May 2019
Engagement with public and patients through local partners.

Summer 2019
On-going refurbishment of existing facilities.  You can read more about the current programme of improvement works here.
 
During 2019/20 Publication of Strategic Outline Case (SOC) based on engagement and led by our clinical needs. This will set out what changes will be required to existing buildings or layouts and what investment would be required to provide these service improvements. This is then submitted to NHS Improvement which will assess the project and will be accompanied by a refreshed Estates Strategy.  NHS Improvement considers the Strategic Outline Case and decides whether the proposals clearly explain the need for change and whether they are deliverable. If approved, work will begin to turn the Strategic Outline Case into a reality, including further engagement on more detailed aspects of our plans.
Working on it!