Plans approved for £450m to be spent on Leicester hospitals despite Rutland residents' concerns
Plans to spend £450m on hospital services in Leicestershire were given the go-ahead this week.
The decision, which followed a three-month public consultation producing 5,675 responses means:
- Acute services will be provided at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital.
- Leicester Royal Infirmary will have a new maternity hospital and a new children’s hospital.
- The standalone maternity unit at St Mary’s in Melton Mowbray will be relocated to a new standalone midwifery unit at Leicester General.
Despite concerns from Rutlanders over the distance they will have to travel as patients or visitors to Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield, and the associated cost, the plans won overall support.
A survey found 58 per cent of those responding agreed with the consolidation of services at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield Hospital, with 28 per cent disagreeing.
Nearly two-thirds of people said they welcomed increased use of phone and video call appointments, replacing trips for planned care.
A Travel Action Plan will be created to improve travel and access to the three sites and there will also be an increase in parking at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Glenfield.
Andy Williams, chief executive for the NHS clinical commissioning groups covering Rutland and Leicestershire, said: “We can now make our £450m hospital plans a reality thanks to everyone who took part in the consultation.
“It’s very encouraging to know public support for the proposals generally has been very strong, demonstrating that most local people agree with and welcome the plans.”
Before the meeting, Coun Patrick Kitterick, chairman of the Joint Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Health Scrutiny Committee wrote to Mr Williams expressing his “deep concerns” that public consultation findings were not published in advance of the meeting, meaning in-depth questions could not easily be asked.
Leicester’s hospitals see more than two million patient visits a year and about 6,000 of these are by Rutlanders. Those living to the east and south of Rutland often use Peterborough City Hospital and Kettering General.