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12 December, 2018 - 00:41 By Tony Quested

£300m Cambridge children’s hospital set for 2023 launch

The first phase of an innovative new children’s hospital in Cambridge could be up and running inside five years thanks to the £100 million funding boost announced recently by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals told Business Weekly that Phase 1 plans to be open by 2023. It will be sited on land between the Addenbrooke’s helipad and the Rosie Hospital.

The facility is being purpose-built to meet the needs of the region’s youngest patients, integrating mental and physical health and combining the highest quality services with world class science and research. Dame Mary Archer has long campaigned for such a facility.

The children’s hospital will bring together some of the world’s top scientists to explore new ways of diagnosing and treating some of the most challenging diseases of childhood. 

It aims to make an important contribution globally to the development of children’s healthcare while providing world-class care for families in the East of England.

Mapping the whole human genome and understanding the genetic basis of disease and recovery is central to the hospital’s vision. 

The project is a partnership involving Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge. 

The development is a major part of the strategy to invest in world-class facilities led by the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridge University vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Toope said: “This 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.”

Professor David Rowitch from the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cambridge added: “It is time to bridge the divide between physical and mental health and move away from silo working. With strengths across the board from genomics to complex medical care, child and adolescent psychiatry, Cambridge is perfectly positioned to lead by example.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Matt Hancock (Image courtesy – CMR Surgical)

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