Chief executive unveils five year £20m N&N investment plan

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at Colney.

Adam Gretton Health correspondent adam.gretton@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
6:30 AM

A £20m investment plan has been unveiled at Norfolk’s biggest hospital, which includes a vision to expand its Accident and Emergency department and operating theatre capacity to help meet demand.

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The chief executive of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last night said that the county’s growing older population and financial constraints posed the biggest pressures on the NHS trust over the next five years. However, the management of the Colney hospital are planning five key capital investment priorities, worth around £20m in total, by 2019.

Expansion of the N&N’s emergency operations is one of the hospital’s top priorities in its new five year plan, said Anna Dugdale.

When the hospital’s A&E opened in 2001, staff dealt with less than 60,000 emergency and minor injury cases a year. Last year, more than 90,000 patients went through the front doors of A&E.

Mrs Dugdale said the creation of a temporary urgent care centre had helped reduce the number of A&E admissions over the last two months. However, the hospital needed expansion to cope with a 5pc year-on-year increase in emergency cases.

“That [A&E] is a particular area we want to expand. GPs are struggling to keep up with demand and I think we will see in the future patients increasingly coming to us as the first port of call for urgent care,” she said.

Other investment priorities, unveiled at a public meeting last night, included a new electronic prescribing scheme in partnership with the James Paget University Hospital, operating theatre expansion, and expansion of a chemotherapy day unit to help deliver “world class services” for local patients.

Mrs Dugdale added that the hospital was able to expand services by making better use of space.

“What we are trying to do with the strategy is to make sure that what needs to be in the hospital building is in the hospital building. In September, we are moving all of our post-graduate education out of the hospital building to a new research building. We want to put clinical things into the hospital by moving teaching out,” she said.

The chief executive added that the number of people over the age of 85 in Norfolk was set to increase by more than 30pc by 2021, which would put added pressure on hospital services. The new £4.5m radiotherapy unit is set to open at the N&N next month to help meet demand.

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11 comments

  • To the last two posters. I did say about how things had dramatically improved but I guess you can't be bothered about that. The consultant I saw said I needed a urgent biopsy and I was present when he telephoned to ask that it be carried out. After some time I enquired as to why I had heard nothing I was told the reason was because the clerk who would arrange it was on holiday!! I eventually manage to get hold of someone else but I regret I did not record the conversation. The individual said that she wished that clinicians would stop promising treatment within time scales. 'They might state weeks but it was often months before anything would happen!' I will not bore you with other examples but I suggest you take the blinkers from your eyes and or drop the partisan trade union approach. Things are much improved but there is still a culture change required in some areas or have you not heard about Stafford, Colchester, etc.? Or are you happy about what happened in those hospitals?

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    andy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • can't say I agree with teaching being moved out though, it is a teaching hospital after all! we have a world class hospital that is 1000 times better than the old one, but it clearly needs to be bigger. room was left between buildings for expansion, so now we need to utilise that surely? Spend money and expand now, rather than in 5 years time when it is too late.

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • the N&NUH Norfolks expansion are not replacing the need for another hospital to the east of Norwich, hopefully this time with its own dedicated access to the NDR, should it be built, an extra 35.000 properties as well as the increasing numbers of senior clients makes this inevitable, imho.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Bedspace is as important as the capacity to treat those coming though your door. It will be hard for doctors to create an air of trust with clients, given the fact that their hospital has sold the information on their treatment to an insurance company. The patient doctors confidentiality has been irretreavibly damaged by the coalitions drive to privatise the NHS in all its aspects and we have to reconsider what we tell our doctors. I can see alternative practisioners emerge who remember the oath they took. Why have doctors and so called medical p[roffesionals allowed this access for all and sundry to our personal and private medical history?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • 20 million being spent under PFI arrangement gives us about 100 million to pay off probably over the next 10 years.

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    DaveG

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Until the NHS restores trust and reliability in the family doctor service the A&E depts will be the first port of call for people who have suddenly become ill or suffered an injury. Taking your chance on a part-time locum who probably doesn't have a clue where you live is not on most people's agenda. Going straight to A&E is the obvious choice and there should be more A&E facilities dispersed around the county. In my opinion, centralisation has already gone too far and it now makes it impossible to afford a local solution to the emerging problems. I,m fed up with the excuse for spending loads more money on hospital expansion being thrown onto the ageing population every time. We're living longer because of a good NHS, and sometimes in spite of it, and we are where we are; it's no good keep moaning about it.

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    JCW

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I have recently spent a couple of days in the N&N and compared to 7 years ago, the treatment, staff, meals, etc. were excellent. What has not been reformed however is the admin for many of whom patient care might be a mystery they do not wish to understand. This also applies to GP surgeries. I also heard one young nurse say to a colleague 'I hear you can't be sacked!' She was hushed up immediately. Obviously we need to expand facilities but we must also renegotiate the GP salary and responsibilities. Forget privatisation as an issue - the bad practices started under Labour with the hike in salaries and misguided implication of targets which the admin jobs worths took over. Likewise the botched IT which is no different now than when the last government wasted billions.

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    andy

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Moosey, I agree 100% with your comments. Far too many ill informed people shout the odds about how there are too many "pen pushers" and Managers. These same people believe that hospitals should only employ Doctors and nurses, oh, and then make sure that they dont get paid too much eh? Too many misconceptions about how the NHS works in my opinion. Without the pen pushers and managers hospitals would fail. After all, simply things like ensuring that equipment is purchased and that staff are paid are ignored by the ignorant. Finally, I get fed up with negative comments on this news site that involve getting more from the NHS by people who dont actually want to pay any more...

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • I hope they are increasing the amount of car parking spaces. An increase of 100% would be good.

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    Lord Elf

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • "misguided implication of targets which the admin jobs worths took over." - misinformed rubbish. waiting times in A&E, waits for surgery and waits for cancer patients have all reduced SIGNIFICANTLY since targets and monitoring were ramped up by Labour.

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    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • cue misinformed rants from ignorant old people saying "the old hospital was soooo much better".

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