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New hospital passes significant milestone with full planning permission

The new Hillingdon Hospital received full planning permission on 13 October 2023 as the project passed another major milestone. 

Hillingdon Council’s sign off is the latest major boost for the new hospital project as earlier this year the government confirmed funding for the project, both the main political parties confirmed they would build the new hospital by 2030 and the contractor GRAHAM was brought on board to get the site cleared for building. 

The brand-new hospital will give the people of Hillingdon and beyond a new state-of-the-art facility that will support the very best of modern healthcare. It will have the same mix of services as available now at Hillingdon Hospital, be built in the same location (next to the existing hospital), and services will remain open during construction.

Patricia Wright, chief executive of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that the new hospital project has passed another major milestone. This is a testament to the hard work of the team behind the project as well as the support of our staff, patients, local people and partners across Hillingdon. We all know there’s still more work to be done so please do keep giving us your thoughts on our plans.”

Matthew Swindells, Chair in Common for North West London Acute Collaborative, said:

"We're all absolutely delighted that Hillingdon Council has now signed off the full planning application. It is a huge boost for our patients, staff and the people of Hillingdon. These are exciting times for the trust: this year both the main political parties pledged their support for our plans, we continued clearing the site to get ready to build the hospital and now we’ve got full planning permission. Thank you to everyone across the borough who has supported our plans so far. There’s always time to have your say so please do have a look on our website to find out more and feed in your ideas.”

Senior Responsible Officer for the Hillingdon Hospital Redevelopment and Deputy Chief Executive of The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Jason Seez, said:

“This is brilliant news for our staff, patients, and local population. We really want to thank everyone who has supported us – our staff, patients, local population, all our local health and social care partners, Hillingdon Council and the North West London Integrated Care System. We are now in the process of finalising our plans in partnership with the New Hospital Programme. As we finalise our plans, please do keep letting us know your views and attending our stakeholder events.”

Ian Bendall, lead public governor at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Everyone knows that Hillingdon really needs a new hospital as the estate is not fit for purpose and it’s so hard for patients to make their way around. This is a huge boost for the trust so thank you so much to everyone who has got us this far. This is going to be our hospital and there’s still a way to go yet so please do keep giving the team behind the plans your views.” 

Clinical Director for the Redevelopment, Professor Abbas Khakoo, added:

“This is a massive boost for everyone who wants to see a new Hillingdon Hospital – particularly all our patients and staff who want and deserve a new hospital to provide great care in. Thank you so much to all our partners for their support as well as all the patients and local people who have come to see us at events and given us their views. There is still work to be done – especially as we continue to develop our plans in more detail – so please keep letting us know your views and giving us feedback.”

Councillor Jane Palmer, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

"I am delighted to hear that the plans have been fully approved. The new hospital is vitally important to the borough and I'm pleased Hillingdon Hospital will now be able to move to the development stage which will enable them to deliver care to our many residents who need it, while also helping them to live healthier lives. Once completed, our residents will have a state-of-the-art hospital they deserve.”

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