It’s great to see the Right Care Right Here partnership building up a real momentum. Earlier this month we held the Executive meeting and there’s some great work happening, with partners having open and frank conversations around financial challenges, in the spirit of collaborating. All the workstreams are starting to make progress, with individual programme plans being developed.
As a partnership we’ve purposefully set our vision for 2025, because we recognise the new hospital is only one part of our vision. To deliver the sustainable system we’ve all been working towards, we know there’s a lot of work that needs to happen before and beyond the hospital opening.
Midland Met Hospital
Earlier this month we reached a real landmark for local people as the Trust signed the contract for the building of the new Midland Met Hospital, which is the final hurdle.
After over 10 years hard work, it feels like an amazing early Christmas present. There’s no turning back now, and building work will start in January. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is organising an official stakeholder launch in January to mark 1,000 days to go until the new hospital opens, which will be a great start to a New Year.
As the Trust has been able to sign the contract some four months earlier than first thought, it means the Midland Met can be handed over in July 2018 and open in October 2018. This is good news for our patients, with their state of the art hospital opening earlier than predicted.
I'm sure you're also keen to see what the new building looks like; and the developer has produced a virtual 'fly-through' of the hospital on You Tube. The film lasts six minutes, and will give you a real idea of what the hospital will be like.