Torbay Hospital ‘HIP2’ funding confirmed
Published: 2 October 2020
The Government confirmed today 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) (1) 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 says: “We are delighted that today’s 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 CCG and other partners.”
Being part of a wider Devon health and care system (2), 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 that health and care services provided for people across the south west are delivered in the most effective and efficient way possible.
- The Department of Health & Social Care’s recently published Health Infrastructure Plan (HIP) provides the funding for 40 new hospitals building projects over the next 10 years. Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust was chosen as one of the NHS Trusts to receive seed funding to develop a Strategic Outline Case for the future development of a new hospital and associated services with full digital capabilities. The Trust will submit a Strategic Outline Case to the government next summer and then develop more detailed plans – the Outline Business Case – by the summer of 2022. The other two hospitals in Devon to receive HIP funding are Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, and North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple. Together with Torbay Hospital, these are among the 25 in the second wave of the national Health Infrastructure Plan, known as HIP2.
- See NHS Devon CCG news release