We are delighted to share our plans to build a new Children’s Heart Centre which will be next to – and part of The Great North Children’s Hospital – and would like your views on this exciting development.
This state-of-the-art building will become home to children’s heart services, including transplants, and will bring together all of the trust’s paediatric specialties on one site for the first time. This will mean that young patients – and their families – do not have to travel between the Freeman Hospital and RVI for different care and treatment.
The Government has committed £41.7million to this project and we will shortly apply for planning permission from the local authority so that we can start building work in 2023. In these early stages, it is really important to get as much feedback as possible.
This centre is one part of our ten-year estates investment programme which also includes a new day treatment centre to be developed at the Freeman Hospital and the proposed addition of a new Specialist Hospital Building also on the RVI site, which will become home to many adult specialist health services.
About the new Children’s Heart Centre
The new centre will have three floors and include inpatient admissions, accommodation to support outpatient activity and more space for surgery to take place.
A major feature of the building will be a direct and enclosed link bridge from the existing Great North Children’s Hospital making it easier to move between them.
Other key features of the building include:
- The ground and first floors will be for patients, visitors and staff, with the top floor accommodating all the equipment and machinery to power, heat and ventilate the building.
- The building is formed of two main parts separated by an open and welcoming glazed main entrance with a reception area. There will also be a small waiting area and garden space.
- To one side of the entrance will be the outpatients department and access to wards and lifts to intensive care and theatres on the floor above.
- Outside there will be therapy and play spaces for patients which will help to support their recovery. The new centre will also have lots of natural light, space and green areas
Why is the building needed?
Having children and young people’s services split between the Freeman Hospital and Royal Infirmary site is far from ideal. Some of our young patients often need specialist care from services based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
These services work better when they are together and building a new Children’s Heart Centre will mean that children and young people will receive the best care in a high quality, purpose built Centre, without having to travel to another hospital.
Our commitment to sustainability
With these ambitious plans comes responsibility for our environment and our commitment to become a net zero carbon organisation by 2040. Sustainability is at the heart of the new centre and this and the other estate improvement projects we are developing are an integral part of our Climate Emergency Strategy 2020 – 2025.
The state of the art buildings will enable us to continue to provide the highest quality care to our patients and their families from our region and further afield.
We’d love to hear your views?
We always welcome feedback about our plans for the new centre and the services we provide. You can find out more about the features and benefits of the new centre here
You can share your views with us by:
Emailing us at email@example.com or
Writing to us at the following address:
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne