Key considerations for our new hospital

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As we plan for our new hospital there are some important things we are having to think about, these are explained below.

Our current hospital
Most of the hospital is built with a type of lightweight concrete called Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). RAAC was used to build schools, colleges and hospitals in the 1960s to 1980s but we now know it only lasts about 30 years. This is one of the main reasons that we are getting a new hospital. We are carrying out a lot of work in the hospital to keep areas safe for the time being. However, these buildings need to be completely replaced so they can’t be part of the new hospital.
Site make-up and limitations
The Airedale site is hard to build on because it is steep and sloping. It is also in a residential area and next to a conservation area. We need to think about all these factors when we plan where to build the hospital and what it will look like.
Continuing to provide high-quality services for patients
Getting a new hospital is a great opportunity to improve care and services for our patients. However, we also need to make sure you continue to get all the care and services you need whilst it is being planned and built. Our priority is to avoid disruption to services and patients, so we will need to work around the existing buildings and plan very carefully.
Meeting local health needs now and in the future
We are developing our plans for the health services we offer, both now and in the future. This is to make sure we keep providing high quality, safe services that meet the needs of our local communities. We are working with our staff and other health care partners to look at how we can make the most of having a new hospital and how this can help us to keep improving services.
Hospital 2.0
We are part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP), which is funding more than 40 new hospitals in England.

This means we have to meet certain conditions, including completing the hospital by 2030 and using a national model called ‘Hospital 2.0’.

Hospital 2.0 provides a standardised design for wards and theatres and other areas used in hospitals. It will make use of the latest technology and be designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

The hospital will be built using modern methods of construction. These are new ways of building that are quicker and more flexible, as well as offering greater quality and safety.