The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, has announced today an initial £600 million to upgrade and refurbish NHS hospitals as we Build Back Better from the pandemic. This announcement is the first of the £1.5 billion capital funding announced by the Prime Minister in the summer to refurbish and upgrade our NHS hospitals, and alongside our commitment to build 40 new hospitals across the country.
The initial £600 million announced today has been released to 178 NHS trusts to cover almost 1,800 maintenance projects and tackle critical maintenance work. The projects are underway already and will be completed by March 2021. Over £1 million has been allocated to Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust.
This initial investment will fund a range of specific projects, including:
- Building new or refurbished buildings to deliver key services
- Upgrades to electrical infrastructure
- Improvements to ventilation systems
- Works to improve fire safety
- Replaying hospital lifts.