Our Strategy Refresh FINAL - Flipbook - Page 18
Since the hospital opened in 2002, we have seen significant population growth in and around
Swindon. Between 2001 and 2031 the population of Swindon alone will have grown by 47%, all
of which creates added demand for services.
We have ambitious plans for how we will ensure that we can continue to care for patients in the
Our priorities are:
To secure the expansion land
next to the hospital which will
allow for the expansion of
health and social care services.
To develop a Master Plan of the Great Western Hospital site to develop a
campus which is fit for purpose for a generation to meet the need of
services in highest demand, including our plans for future cancer and
During the summer of 2018 we bid for £30 million of national funding
to expand our Emergency Department, purchase land for potential
expansion and to help us develop new models of care, such as an
intensive rehabilitation offer (which could be funded through a
This is a great milestone which will help us to maintain quality and
safety for people in Swindon and the surrounding areas over the coming
We plan to expand the Emergency Department and bring some of the
‘front door’ services currently on level 3 of the hospital to the ground
floor, creating a truly integrated front door service. This will help those
who do not need to be in hospital to be seen and directed to alternative
services more quickly.
Part of our proposal is centred on how we could develop a different
model of care to reduce demand in the future, rather than simply
adding more and more beds to the local system.
We’re in a great position to do this through integrating pathways across
our hospital and community services and one of the new models of care
we have been looking at is a model of intensive rehabilitation.
This work has involved looking at how intensive rehabilitation works in
Northern Europe. There is still work to do on setting out how this could
work from a clinical and financial perspective. But if this is something we
can make work, it will free up beds in the hospital, which in turn, could
support our goal of creating a dedicated cancer centre.
Collectively, this has the potential to really transform care for patients
and unlock much needed space for our services.
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