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Whipps well into the future

Whipps Cross Hospital provides vital services for people in east London and beyond. More than 1,600 patients are treated every day and we want to make it work well into the future.

In February 2016, we committed to creating a thriving local hospital.

We know that the hospital faces some challenges and we have a vision for how we will provide care to patients in an environment that is affordable, environmentally friendly and attractive for our patients and staff.

We have started our journey. There’s lots of work to do and it will take us some time to get there, but we want your help from the beginning.

Whipps Cross has some challenges

Our buildings are old

70% of our hospital is more than 30 years old and 43% of our buildings pre-dates the birth of the NHS in 1948. There is a huge backlog of maintenance work that will cost £80 million to complete.

The layout can be confusing

The layout of our hospital can be confusing for patients and visitors to find their way around. It also makes it difficult for our 3,000 staff to deliver the best possible care.

Our population is growing

The population of Waltham Forest, Redbridge and West Essex is growing. By 2025, we expect this to grow by 18%. The population is also getting significantly older - by 2025, there will be 25% more people aged 65 and over.

We have a vision

We have a vision of what our patients should expect from their care in the 21st century and we are developing a strategy to make this happen.

It will be:

  • Integrated: All of our patients' health, wellbeing and social care needs will be met in one place.
  • Innovative: Our patients will receive the best care from leading specialists.
  • Flexible: Our population is growing and the needs of our patients are changing. We need a hospital that works well into the future.
  • Sustainable: Our hospital will be affordable and good for the environment. It will also be an attractive place for patients to be cared for, and for our staff to work in.

We have started our journey

We’re working with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, our local NHS commissioning group (NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group) and North East London NHS Foundation Trust to come up with some ideas.

We’ve appointed a team of experts to undertake a review of the hospital estate and services, and are developing our strategy.

We’re talking to GPs, nurses, doctors and staff to help us come up with ideas for what the very best services would look like in the future.

We’re right at the beginning of this work and want the help of local people so we get this right.

There's lots of work to do

We need to seek the support of our regulators, NHS Improvement, to continue to work up our strategy for what the Whipps Cross Hospital might look like in the future.

If they are satisfied with the way the work is developing, we will then need to draw up an outline business case with more detailed ideas. We hope to develop this business case during 2017 and it would need to be approved by all of the organisations involved.

We would then need that initial business case to be approved by NHS Improvement before we finalise a plan in a full business case.

We want to hear from you

We want lots of ideas so that we make sure our plans reflect what our community really needs. Over the course of this work there will be plenty of ways for you to get involved. Keep an eye on this page for the latest news and opportunities.

  • On 20 October 2016 we held an event at Whipps Cross Hospital to give local people more information and to start to get their views.
  • Before we start work on an outline business case, we will set up a community involvement group who will make sure there are lots more opportunities for local people to help shape the plans.
  • If you would like to be kept informed of how this programme is developing, or you would be interested in joining the community involvement group, please Email us and ask to join our mailing list – we will send further information about the group in the coming weeks.
  • Have a view on what Whipps Cross should look like in 5, 10 or 20 years’ time? Let us know by email or tweet us using #futurewhipps

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