British Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has announced funding of up to £100m for a children’s hospital for the east of England, which will integrate mental and physical health and combines quality services with science and research.
To be built adjacent to Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals, the new hospital will bring top scientists together to explore ways of diagnosing and treating some of the most challenging diseases of childhood.
The hospital’s vision revolves around mapping the whole human genome and understanding the genetic basis of disease and recovery.
The objective is to contribute globally to the development of children’s healthcare while providing world-class care for families in the east of England.
A partnership involving Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge, the project is part of the strategy to invest in modern facilities led by the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
University of Cambridge vice-chancellor Stephen Toope said: “The announcement from the Secretary of State is extremely positive. It is not only an investment in the research and clinical expertise in Cambridge but, importantly, it is an investment in the future of our children and young people.
“By helping us to improve how we treat those young people unfortunate enough to be affected by serious childhood diseases, the new hospital has the potential to transform the provision of healthcare for families in the East of England.”
Regius professor of Physic and head of the School of Clinical Medicine Patrick Maxwell said: “This is a welcome and very significant investment from the government.
“The new children’s hospital will bring together clinical and research expertise from across Cambridge, enabling us to make a major difference to the health of young people across the East of England and, through our research, throughout the UK and beyond.”
Image: Govt announces £100m capital for new children’s hospital. Photo: Courtesy of Martin Brosy on Unsplash.