A £100 million pound project to build an Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Centre (ACAD) at Heartlands Hospital has been given the “green light” to proceed to the next stage.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street met with Health Secretary Matt Hancock last week to push the project along after it was hit with delays, despite the funding being secured.
After embarking on the project, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) were granted planning permission for the four-storey facility in 2017. In February a business case for the centre was put to health chiefs and £3.5 million of Treasury cash was made available for preparatory works to begin.
Then in August UHB finally got the cash boost it needed when the Government announced £1.8bn funding for NHS frontline buildings, including £97.1m for the ACAD development at Heartlands.
However, by October the go-ahead for the project still hadn’t been given by the Department for Health and the project was unable to progress further. After hearing about the delay, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street went to see Matt Hancock personally to push the project along and it was finally given the green light to progress to the next stage.
Delighted we’re giving the green light for the Heartlands Hospital ambulatory care project to go forward so patients can start to benefit from this vital upgrade on the frontline. Thanks to terrific campaigning by the brilliant @andy4wm.@uhbtrust pic.twitter.com/GN0JWUsyum
— Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) November 1, 2019
Mr Street said: “I’m pleased that by working together with UHB and Government we have the signal for the project to go ahead, and I’m looking forward to working with UHB on the next stages and seeing ACAD develop.
“The Trust has done a brilliant job to bring ACAD to life and they can be reassured by this commitment from Government. Soon local people will be able to use the new services available at Heartlands, and that is nothing short of brilliant news.”
Matt Hancock took to Twitter to confirm the news. He said: “Delighted we’re giving the green light for the Heartlands Hospital ambulatory care project to go forward so patients can start to benefit from this vital upgrade on the frontline. Thanks to terrific campaigning by the brilliant Andy Street.”
The multi-million ACAD building will offer world-class facilities and house a wide range of health services, including outpatients, and endoscopy and imaging. UHB estimates the centre will care for up to 1,500 patients every day.
The scheme was the top priority of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership and of NHSI’s Midlands region.
To find out more about the ACAD visit www.uhb.nhs.uk/acad