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New 204m hospital given go-ahead

Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital plans to move from its Papworth Everard site

A 204m scheme to move a renowned Cambridgeshire heart and lung transplant hospital to a new site has been given the go-ahead.

Plans for a new Papworth Hospital on a site next to Addenbrooke's Hospital have been backed by the East of England Strategic Health Authority.

At present the hospital is based at Papworth Everard.

The health authority will now present the plans to the Department of Health for final approval.

If it wins government backing it could open by spring 2013.

'Improved care'

The scheme, which went before the health authority's board, is to be funded through a private finance initiative.

A report on the plans to the board says the new building will be sited within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, which also includes Addenbrooke's treatment centre and Addenbrooke's Hospital.

This will allow the new hospital to provide improved quality of care, research and access to other services, the report said.

An outline business case for the project is due to be submitted to the Department of Health for approval.

The development will provide improvements to: the quality of clinical services; better patient experience; more modern facilities; and increased research and development capabilities.

Steve Clarke, director of finance at the East of England Strategic Health Authority, said: "The New Papworth Hospital is another example of NHS capital investments helping to build greater access to state of the art health facilities for the people of the east of England.

"This investment demonstrates our commitment to the pledges we made ... to deliver year on year improvements in patient experience and to ensure fewer people suffer from, or die prematurely from, heart disease."

Papworth Hospital provides services to a core catchment population of about three million people in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Mid and North Bedfordshire and surrounding areas.

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