New Hospitals Programme


About the New Hospitals Programme

The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria is working together to develop a case for investment in local hospital facilities. As part of the government’s pledge to build 48 new hospitals by 2030, the Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the region’s ageing hospitals and develop new, cutting-edge hospital facilities that offer the absolute best in modern healthcare.

It is essential that the proposals being developed reflect the priorities of patients, staff and the communities we serve and we want to hear your views and ideas.


The Case for Change

The New Hospitals Programme Case for Change report is the first in a series of official documents that we need to produce in our journey towards new hospital facilities. It explains the problems that we hope to address through funding for new hospital facilities, and how this supports ambitions to improve health and wellbeing and deliver better care for local people. The report outlines the critical need for investment to address significant problems with our ageing hospitals in Preston (Royal Preston Hospital) and Lancaster (Royal Lancaster Infirmary) and the need for investment in Furness General Hospital’s infrastructure in the context of its location and strategic importance.

Developed in collaboration with clinicians, staff, patients, key stakeholders and representatives of local communities in the region, the Case for Change covers six important themes:

Lancashire and South Cumbria: how ageing hospital buildings impact the local NHS’s ability to provide for local people’s current and future health needs

  1. Our hospitals: the pivotal role of hospitals in the local community and the poor condition of some of the buildings
  2. Our clinical strategy: the problems ageing hospital buildings present in the context of the region’s ambitions for hospital care and the wider health and care system
  3. Our workforce: the impact of poor hospital estate on existing NHS staff, and the ability to attract new staff
  4. Our digital ambitions: how ageing hospital buildings prevent them from fulfilling the NHS’s digital technology and sustainability goals
  5. Our use of resources: how hospital infrastructure impacts local NHS productivity and efficiency.


Get involved and have your say

Local people, NHS staff and stakeholders are being encouraged to provide their views as part of the development of proposals, with people invited to get involved through online workshops, public opinion research, events and meetings.

The programme is following a clear process, with scrutiny and approvals needed from decision makers within the NHS, the government and local authorities and a series of milestones to pass before funding is awarded and building can start.

Capturing your voice is an important part of this process and your comments on the Case for Change are warmly welcomed.

Please let us know what you think about the Case for Change. What is most important to you, what is right, what is wrong and has anything been missed anything out?

Please fill out this online survey on the Case for Change to share your feedback. You can also share your thoughts on the draft proposed selection criteria for producing the shortlist of options for new hospital facilities:


There are lots of ways to get involved and have your say

  • Email the New Hospitals Programme team at
  • Write to the New Hospitals Programme team at:

Lancashire and South Cumbria New Hospitals Programme

c/o Gatehouse

Lancashire Enterprise Business Park


PR26 6TR

Find out more on the New Hospitals Programme’s website.



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