Major cash boost for health and care services in Norfolk and Waveney

5th Aug 2019

Health and care services across Norfolk and Waveney are to receive a multi-million pound cash boost which will help transform patient care and drive improvement, it was revealed today. 

It has been hailed as wonderful news by the region’s health and care leaders.

Three proposals submitted by Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) have been given the go-ahead by the Government as part of a major funding announcement. 

The projects will support new models of care outlined in the NHS Long Term plan and will offer huge benefits to patients.

They are:

·         Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  (NNUH)– £69.7 million to provide Diagnostic and Assessment Centres at Norfolk’s three acute hospital sites to aid rapid diagnosis and assessment of cancer and non-cancerous disease.

·         Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) – £38 million to build 4 new hospital wards in Norwich, providing 80 beds.

·         NHS South Norfolk CCG – £25.2 million to develop and improve primary care services across Norfolk and Waveney.

Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive said: “This is fantastic news for patients throughout Norfolk and Waveney Valley.  The £70million funding will transform patient services establishing a major Diagnostic Assessment Centre here at the Norfolk and Norwich, together with new facilities at the  James Paget and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals. So this is a real team effort.

“These centres will build capacity to support earlier cancer diagnosis in particular lung, prostate and colorectal cancers and will have a real impact on cancer outcomes and improved patient experience through earlier treatment.

“This will establish diagnostic radiology capacity at a level more aligned to future demand, provide more ‘one stop’ clinics delivering shorter patient pathways and same day diagnostic reporting.

“This funding will help improve and save more patients’ lives.”

Caroline Shaw, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive, said: “We are over the moon to be receiving a share of the £69.7 million which will be used to create a Diagnostic and Assessment Centre in King’s Lynn.

“This centre will make a big difference to our patients in West Norfolk, Fenland and South Lincolnshire, as it will aid rapid diagnosis and assessment of cancerous and non-cancerous diseases.

“We are delighted to be working closely with our partners, The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and James Paget, to improve facilities for patients.”

Jonathan Warren, NSFT Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been awarded this significant share of Government funding, which will make a real difference to our service users and their families.

“Although plans are at an early stage, we are proposing to use the money to build a state-of-the-art unit at Hellesdon Hospital to which three of our existing, outdated wards will relocate, vastly improving the quality and safety of the environment in which our service users receive care. This will increase the total number of beds which are available, reducing the number of patients who have to travel outside of the area for treatment.

“We also plan to include facilities such as a gym, multi-use games area, secure outside spaces and dedicated therapy areas, all of which will help service users to stay active and engaged during their recovery, in turn helping to keep their length of stay as short as possible.

“We look forward to working closely with our service users, carers, staff and NHS partners to develop our plans in more detail over the coming months so that we can make the very best use of this investment and ensure it brings the greatest benefits to local people.

Patricia Hewitt, Independent Chair of Norfolk and Waveney STP, said: “This is wonderful news for the people of Norfolk and Waveney and will enable us to make badly needed improvements to the services we can offer patients as well as improving conditions for many of our wonderful NHS staff.

Melanie Craig, Chief Officer of the five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney and Executive Lead of Norfolk and Waveney STP said: “We are absolutely delighted by this news. This money represents a significant investment in health and care services for the people of Norfolk and Waveney and will help drive forward improvements in patient care that we are all working as a system to achieve.”