We are looking for views on our proposals to move our main central London hospital from City Road near the Old Street roundabout to more modern facilities in the King's Cross/Euston area. We plan to do this in partnership with our research colleagues at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.
This engagement process will run for 12 weeks from Monday 25 November 2013 to Friday 14 February 2014.
You can give us your views via a feedback form at the end of our engagement document, which you can download by clicking on the related pages link to the right of this page. You can also request a hard copy of the document by emailing email@example.com.
In addition, we are running three drop-in sessions between 10am and 6pm in the main City Road hospital on Thursday 5 December 2013, Friday 10 January 2014 and Friday 24 January 2014. At these sessions, members of the team working on our proposals will be on hand to explain more and answer any questions. Feel free to pop in at any time.
We need a new facility for several reasons:
- Our existing buildings in City Road are more than 100 years old and were built at a time when hospital care was provided very differently to how it is now – they are no longer suited to the provision of 21st-century clinical care, research or education
- Our ageing infrastructure is growing increasingly difficult and costly to maintain
- The configuration of our existing buildings offers little scope for true integration between the clinical, research and teaching elements of our work, which will be crucial if we are to achieve our vision for the future (see section 2 below)
- Although intermediate refurbishments go some way to improving the environment for our patients and staff, they are no substitute for purpose-built accommodation
Our board of directors agreed to focus all our efforts on moving, rather than trying to rebuild on our current campus, in March 2013, following an extensive options appraisal, but we are now keen to hear wider views to enable us to develop our plans further; in particular, we want to understand the factors that are considered the most important for us to take into account when we make a final decision about a new site.
In parallel with this engagement exercise, we are working with the local health overview and scrutiny committee and our host commissioners to ensure that we comply with our formal consultation obligations as set out in NHS legislation.
It is important to understand that this engagement exercise is not about changing the services we currently provide; wherever we are based, we will continue to offer high quality clinical care, research and education in a central London location, supported by a network of satellite locations in and around the capital, just as we do now.
To find out more and for a full copy of the engagement document, please click on the related pages link to the right of this page.
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