A new Draft Estate Strategy for Whittington Health
30 Jan 2020
- We want to build a brand new, state-of-the-art maternity and neonatal unit at the hospital. The existing height of our hospital means that we can put more space on a smaller footprint, freeing up space while potentially expanding our capacity.
- Concentrating adult community services in larger, better-located buildings will enable us to realise the opportunity for integrated care which work side-by-side with other local and voluntary services which our patients may need. It also allows us to improve accessibility and reduce the significant financial burden of maintaining a large number of sites.
- Innovative, agile and fit-for-purpose education and office facilities to empower you to deliver exemplary healthcare services.
- Bringing children’s services into better, more accessible and fit-for-purpose hubs which reflect the two main boroughs we serve, Haringey and Islington.
- Providing both primary and urgent care from our Archway site, transforming the environments in our ED and outpatient departments in particular.
- Improving access to low-cost, high quality staff accommodation, either on-site or elsewhere, and possibly linked to…
- Making the most of the value of our estate by working with the Greater London Authority and councils to support the priorities of our public sector partners, such as care home beds or affordable housing.
- Considering options for improving flexibility and better staffing models in our theatres and on our wards and improving how we use our space.
While it is too early for specific plans, we do know that what we want to do is going to require significant capital investment and it is vital that we explore options which can help turn these plans into reality. However, we are committed to working with public sector partners (including partners across North Central London, councils and the Greater London Assembly) and supporting their priorities in the interests of our staff and the communities which we serve, for example, exploring opportunities for step-down beds or key worker housing.
Following feedback from our board, we plan to hold engagement sessions with staff, stakeholders and local people as we develop more detailed plans. We will give you some more information on these sessions as soon as possible.