Plans have been unveiled for a new £97.1million centre at Heartlands Hospital

A new Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic centre (ACAD) at Heartlands Hospital, which will be approximately half the size of Wembley’s football pitch, will house outpatients, endoscopy, day case surgery and imaging services – and treat 1,500 patients a day or nearly half a million each year.

Funding for the project was finally given the rubber stamp on Monday (5 August) and once constructed, the four storey building is set to open in late 2020.

Jonathan Brotherton, Chief Operating Officer at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) which runs Heartlands Hospital, said: “This investment is an exciting step forward for the services we are able to provide to the people of Birmingham and Solihull.

“Receiving the positive confirmation of funding today is fantastic news for local people and is the result of three years of hard work and careful planning.

“The Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic centre (ACAD) will boost the Trust’s capacity to meet the growing and changing healthcare requirements of local people, with state-of-the-art facilities providing services including day case surgery, endoscopy, interventional radiology, outpatient appointments and imaging on the Heartlands Hospital site, seeing up to 1,500 patients per day.

“ACAD will also deliver new ways of working to streamline patient pathways – maximising efficiency – all whilst delivering the best possible care and high-quality specialist services for half-a-million patients every year.”

The new building, which is expected to generate jobs in the area, will be located next to the main entrance and will be use solar panels to reduce its carbon footprint.

Planning permission for the centre was granted in September 2017.

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England and includes Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Chest Clinic.

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