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Proposals for new hospital welcomed by city council leader

The leader of Lancaster City Council has welcomed proposals to build a new state-of-the-art hospital to replace the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).

On Monday (September 26) the NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria revealed its preferred option for the future of the RLI, which followed the unveiling in March of a shortlist of proposals for new hospital facilities.

The shortlist included options for a new hospital, investment in the current facilities or a partial rebuild/refurbishment of the RLI.

These options have now been narrowed down with a new hospital on a new site being the preferred option because it provides the best opportunity to improve care for patients, improve the work environment for staff, and meet environmental commitments such as Net Zero Carbon.

Councillor Caroline Jackson, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “This is good news for the local area and presents an opportunity to invest in hospital facilities that provide a better experience and outcomes for patients while also addressing the climate emergency.

“There is a great deal more work to do to impress government decision makers of the need and feasibility and the council will be providing whatever support it can to make this proposal a reality.”

Last updated: 28 September 2022

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