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Issue:-  1 August 2013

Approved business plan for the new Royal published

THE Appointment Business Case for the new Royal has been approved by the Department of Health and is now available to view on the Trust's website.

This is the 1st time since the publication of the Outline Business Case in 2010 that the Trust's business plan will be made available to the public. The appointment business case (ABC) has been highly scrutinised by local healthcare commissioners, government officials and independent organisations. It outlines in detail why the new hospital is required, how the hospital will be paid for and also how the Trust will provide healthcare in the future.

Helen Jackson, director of strategy and redevelopment said:- "Since 2010 we have worked hard to reduce the cost of the project, in particular the cost of repayments to a private finance partner for the private finance initiative (PFI). We expect to secure £89m from the European Investment Bank, which together with £94m from the Department of Health and other funding will mean around three quarters of the project will be publicly funded. This has enabled us to reduce the PFI payments from £34.3m a year to £21.9m, which is equivalent to less than 6% of annual turnover."

The new Royal will provide patients and visitors with a completely different environment to the current hospital.

It will be the centre for emergency, urgent and specialist care.

Patients will come to the new Royal with serious conditions and will be cared for on wards with all single rooms and ensuite facilities.

Visitors will be able to park on the hospital site, walk straight into hospital and will be able to find the ward they want to visit much easier, due to a much simpler layout.

Each of the rooms will have windows from ceiling to bed level and work stations located close to the rooms so that medical staff can keep patients under close supervision.

They will be equipped with the latest technology such as motion sensors to detect sudden movements such as a patient getting out of bed, as well as intercom systems and call alarms for patients to contact staff. As well as ensuite facilities each room will be fitted with freeview TV and internet facilities to provide patients with greater home comforts.

There will also be day rooms on each of the wards so that patients are able to mix with each other if they wish to.

"With the measures we will put into place for the new hospital. We expect that most people will have short stays in the new Royal of up to 5 days, except some specialist wards. After which they should be fit enough to be discharged home or to a community care provider, or if they require a longer hospital stay they can be transferred to Broadgreen Hospital, which will be the centre for rehabilitation and planned treatment."
said Helen Jackson,

Aidan Kehoe, chief executive added that:- "The ABC outlines our future vision of healthcare for the people of Liverpool. We will have a state of the art new hospital and working in partnership with other healthcare providers such as the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, we will have the world class facilities we need to tackle the high rates of cancer and other the serious health problems that we face in this City. In addition the construction of the new Royal will bring £240m of investment into the City and it will create hundreds of jobs during construction. The BioCampus will create up to 5,000 hi-tech jobs with a once in a life time opportunity to change the face of the local economy by putting Liverpool onto the world stage of the multi-billion pound health and life science industry. Gaining approval of the appointment business case is another huge step forward for the new Royal and we are proud to be able to now share our plans with the people of Liverpool."

Following publication of the ABC the Trust will be taking questions from the public via Twitter. To join in follow @RoyalLpoolHosps or #newRoyal.

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