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VIDEO: Green light for latest – and vital – stage for £400m Cambridge Children’s Hospital

Pre-construction works can begin on the site of the new hospital, opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital on Robinson Way, Cambridge early next year.

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A £400m new children’s hospital for Cambridge has been given the green light to proceed to the final stage of its business case development. The project has had its outline business case approved in principle by NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care.

With this approval, which is subject to a review of the project’s capital funding in April 2024, work can now commence on the full business case.

A concept design of the main garden and play area at Cambridge Children's Hospital

A concept design of the main garden and play area at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

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Dr Rob Heuschkel, Cambridge Children’s Hospital clinical lead for physical health said: “This is fantastic news for children across the East of England – the only region without a specialist children’s hospital.

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“We know there is widespread support across the East of England for this hospital –now is the time for us to all work together to turn our plans into reality. I can’t wait to get started on the next stage of this project.”

The business case decision means that pre-construction works can begin on the site of the new hospital, opposite the Rosie Maternity Hospital on Robinson Way, Cambridge early next year.

The hospital, which was given planning permission in March 2022, is being built on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, but will care for children and young people across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire.

It will be the first hospital designed to truly provide mental and physical health care together, delivered by staff who are trained in both.

While the hospital will be built in Cambridge it will act as a central hub, working with services all over the East of England to provide care and support for children who may never visit the hospital itself.

The government committed £100m to Cambridge Children’s Hospital in 2018, under the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership scheme, and the project is on track to meet its target of an additional £100m of philanthropy and fundraising.

Dr Cathy Walsh, Cambridge Children’s Hospital clinical lead for mental health said: “There’s a long way still to go but this is an exciting moment in our journey to building a truly integrated children’s hospital.

“Our young people urgently need a new type of care, delivered by staff who are trained in both mental and physical health care. Cambridge Children’s Hospital will completely transform the future of healthcare for children and their families from across this region.”

Architect image of the entrance and reception area at Cambridge Children's Hospital


Architect image of the entrance and reception area at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

The hospital will also house a University of Cambridge research facility focussed on detecting and preventing childhood illness.

Professor David Rowitch, Cambridge Children’s Hospital research lead, said: “Cambridge Children’s Hospital will use cutting-edge innovations in genomic science to detect origins of physical and mental health conditions and develop a new model of preventive medicine in paediatrics.

A concept design of the central courtyard at Cambridge Children's Hospital

A concept design of the central courtyard at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

“We will foster game-changing breakthroughs in life sciences research that will have an impact across the globe.

“Together we can detect childhood disease early or prevent it altogether, personalise health care and deliver it closer to home.”

Members of Cambridge Children’s Hospital Network, which is made up of children, young people, and parents from across the region, have been a part of designing the future hospital, and helping to shape how the facility might look and feel like.

Sarah Cobb, 19 from near Cambridge, has multiple disabilities and is visually impaired. She has been involved in the project for a number of years.

Sarah Cobb, 19, is passionate about the future Cambridge Children's Hospital

Sarah Cobb, 19, is passionate about the future Cambridge Children’s Hospital

She said: “As someone with lifelong health conditions, who’s spent a lot of time in hospital as a child, a teenager and now a young adult, I’m delighted that Cambridge Children’s Hospital has reached this brilliant milestone.

“I feel really honoured to be part of such an inspirational project. This hospital means so much to me and will make such a difference to the mental and physical health of children and young people in future.”

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A concept design of a universal bedroom (mental and physical health) at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

A concept design of a universal bedroom (mental and physical health) at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

Work will continue on finalising the costs and remaining funding streams for the new hospital.

 

How to get involved

Children and Young People’s Network

Health chiefs are engaging with families from across the region to co-create a unique environment designed to take care of the whole child. With an emphasis on usability, play and childhood, young people will be at the centre of the hospital’s creation, reflecting their own position at the heart of its existence.

Find out more about how to get involved.

Healthcare professionals and staff

The knowledge and enthusiasm of staff is vital for the success of the Cambridge Children’s project.

 

Find out more about joining the staff reference group.

Philanthropy

To create this world-first hospital, support is needed.

Find out more about the different ways to give.

Visit the CCH website

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Sarah Cobb, 19, is passionate about the future Cambridge Children’s Hospital

 

A concept design of the central courtyard at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

A concept design of a universal bedroom (mental and physical health) at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

A concept design of the main garden and play area at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

 

Work continues on finalising the costs and remaining funding streams for this brand-new hospital. We will now start developing the final stage of the business case for Cambridge Children’s Hospital’s– the Full Business Case.

 

Architect image of the entrance and reception area at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

 

 

A concept design of the central courtyard at Cambridge Children’s Hospital

 

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