University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust have now received £5million in seed funding from the government to develop plans to build two new hospitals – one in Barrow and one in Lancaster.
This £5million investment follows on the back of the General Election, where the Conservative Party pledged to provide the funding for UHMBT to develop plans for how to adapt, grow or build new facilities in both Lancaster and Barrow.
Simon Fell, local Member of Parliament for Barrow and Furness, said: “I’m delighted that our local healthcare trust has now got the money to develop plans for a new hospital in Furness. Residents have told me time and again of the need to update facilities for stroke care and to bring additional services to our area like oncology and dialysis. This is the first step to that being realised.”
Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said: “We are thrilled to be one of 21 trusts to be receiving funding to develop a business case, alongside Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For us, it is about much more than buildings; it will allow us to explore the possibility of creating a modern and fit for purpose environment for those that use our services and our colleagues.”