Prime Minister confirms funding for major rebuild of Torbay Hospital
Published: 5 October 2020
The Government has confirmed that Torbay Hospital is one of 40 hospitals across the country to receive a share of £3.7 billion in the ‘biggest hospital building programme in a generation’.
The funding will be used within Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust’s Health Infrastructure Plans (HIP) to build hospital facilities which will support improved access to diagnostics, improvements to urgent and emergency care environments and separate planned care units.
Dr Rob Dyer, Trust Deputy Chief Executive and lead for the Trust’s HIP2 project, said: “We are delighted that the announcement gives us real confidence that our plans for redevelopment of Torbay Hospital will proceed.
“We will not just be rebuilding our general hospital. We are planning a fundamental review of the ways that we support the people of Torbay and South Devon to live healthier lives and how we provide care when they need it.
“That will include a new system for shared electronic records and the use of new technological methods of communication and treatment.
“The buildings will be flexible enough to support how modern medicine develops over the next 30 or so years and will help us to separate the care of people who need emergency care from those with planned or routine care which has become so difficult during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“All of these plans are being developed with our neighbouring hospital trusts in Devon and with support from Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Torbay and Devon County Councils and other partners.”
Being part of a wider Devon health and care system, the Trust’s thinking will be informed by the Devon Long Term Plan, and the development of some services will be dependent on working closely and effectively with partners from the rest of Devon, including other hospitals that receive Health Infrastructure Plan investment.
This will ensure health and care services provided for people across the south west are delivered in the most effective and efficient way possible.