Publish date: 16 February 2023

A bid for funding has been submitted to the Department of Health and Social Care for the  redevelopment of Leighton Hospital in Crewe .

The Trust wants to replace the current ageing hospital with a state-of-the-art facility that would transform the healthcare of the people of Cheshire and across the North West of England.

Leighton Hospital was built in the 1970s and the type of materials used has resulted in significant spending to resolve safety risks, primarily reinforced concrete planks in the roof and walls (known as RAAC planks).  There is RAAC in over 60% of the hospital's site footprint. 

The vision for the new Leighton is for a carbon neutral facility that will play a vital role at the heart of the community and support the delivery of a new clinical model – a blueprint for providing care both in and out of hospital.  

A new hospital provides a unique opportunity to transform the experience of both patients and staff, working closely with our many partners. Digital innovation is at the forefront of health services designed to tackle inequalities and meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.

The Trust, which employs nearly 5,000 staff and serves a population of over 300,000, has an ongoing commitment to enhancing its clinical facilities until a new hospital is possible.  Continued investment is a key component of the Trust's five-year Trust strategy.

A final decision on the funding bid, via the government’s New Hospital Programme, is awaited.