Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital submits plan to guarantee future as UK’s leading orthopaedic hospital

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore has submitted a planning application which will see the site transformed to meet the needs of patients in the 21st century.

The submission is the culmination of years of work to create a physical environment that matches the hospital’s status as one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic centres.

Care for patients is currently being delivered in dilapidated conditions - 60% of the site’s current buildings are more than 60 years old, with many patient wards originally only designated for temporary war-time use.

Trust Chief Executive Rob Hurd said that every health Minister who has visited RNOH in recent times has acknowledged the poor state of the existing facilities and the need to redevelop the hospital on the Stanmore site.

“We are very excited about these proposals as this planning application sets out our vision for providing exemplary healthcare for our patients. “Without this redevelopment we believe the future of the hospital is in jeopardy, affecting the health and wellbeing of thousands of people from across the UK.

Proposals to redevelop the site have been considered for over three decades, during which time a series of reviews have concluded that retaining the expertise in this one place offers the best outcomes for patients. Planning permission for the site was originally granted in 2007 by the London Borough of Harrow and renewed in 2010 for a diverse mix of hospital, residential and educational uses. However, new planning permission is required as the existing permissions no longer safeguard the future, or achieve the aspirations of the RNOH.

To reach this stage the RNOH has undergone extensive consultation with both stakeholder groups and the local community. Plans being submitted will mean a sensitive and sustainable redevelopment of the hospital’s Green Belt site.

Key features of the new proposals are:

  • New wards, imaging and ancillary clinical services
  • New multi-storey car park providing improved access for patients and hospital visitors
  • New hospital buildings including ‘home away from home’ accommodation unit for parents and children
  • New private patients unit
  • New staff accommodation block
  • Residential units

The whole development will be built to the highest design and sustainability standards, meeting top industry benchmarks

Dr Benjamin Jacobs, the Trust’s Head of Children’s Services, said that the new facilities will be a huge boost for patients and families.

“Many of the children we treat are with us for a while, or require multiple visits. The new parents’ accommodation will provide a relaxing home from home for families at an emotionally difficult time,” he said.

The final design is sympathetic to the hospital’s Green Belt setting, delivering enhanced facilities whilst not exceeding the existing site footprint.

Trust Chief Executive Rob Hurd said: “The RNOH is proud of its reputation as a world class provider of specialist orthopaedic and musculo-skeletal services. We have over 100 years of history and feel we’re a national treasure worth fighting to preserve.”

Rob Hurd added: “We have worked closely with the London Borough of Harrow’s planning advisors throughout the process and we are grateful for their advice”.

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