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Plans for trailblazing East of England children’s hospital move forward

The opening of the ground-breaking Cambridge Children’s Hospital has grown ever closer after the second stage of the project’s business case was submitted to the DHSC and NHS England last month.

By combining the expertise and insight from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Cambridge, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, clinicians believe the new hospital can “generate national and international impact,” as the East of England braces for its first ever specialist children’s hospital.

Such impact could come off the back of the project’s innovative approach to healthcare provision, with the hospital set to embed mental and physical health services under one roof as a single entity.

The hospital is also expected to include a fully integrated research institute, which will “provide personalised holistic care, changing the lives of millions of children and young people in the East of England and beyond.”

After obtaining planning permission from Cambridge City Council to build the new facility on the city’s Biomedical Campus, residents from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Cambridgeshire are expected to benefit from the new facility.

Under the guidance of a Campaign Board, officials have also pledged that the project to raise £100m from philanthropy and fundraising by 2025.

Project Director Alex White said: “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone for the project. A tremendous amount of work has gone into the submission and it’s exciting to see our plans take shape around our unique vision – bringing physical and mental health together and using genomic medicine to personalise care for our region’s young people and their individual needs.”

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