Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to have today (Thursday 9 September 2021) submitted our bids to bring a new hospital to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.
“The Trust has submitted two Expressions of Interest to the Department of Health and Social Care. One for a single-phase full new build and another for a multi-phase development. We have done this to give the Queen Elizabeth Hospital the very best chance of securing the national funding we so badly need.
“I am confident that we have a very strong case. The simple truth is that our buildings are in a desperate state and have reached the end of their life – with 210 props in 46 areas of the hospital, we are the most propped hospital in the country.
“This is why it is so important for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to get on the Government’s list of eight new hospitals, recognising it is the only long-term sustainable solution to the challenges the Trust faces.”
The Trust expects to find out this autumn if it has been selected to go through to the next stage of the assessment process for the Government’s New Hospital Programme, with a final decision on the eight new hospital schemes to be announced in Spring 2022.