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Princess of Wales Redevelopment - virtual exhibition

To meet the needs of a growing and ageing population, we have submitted a planning application on behalf of local NHS and social care partners to modernise services and facilities on this much loved hospital site in Ely.

You can access information about the planning application on the East Cambridgeshire District Council site here including how to comment on our application and the timescales within which to do so. 

This collaboration with NHS and social care partners is a three year redevelopment programme to: 

  • build brand new, modern  premises to replace out-dated facilities (retaining the day surgery unit)
  • deliver more day surgery, outpatient, diagnostic and urgent care services, closer to people’s homes (all current services will remain on the hospital site)
  • provide more joined-up care across health and social care services, including for frail elderly people and those living with long term conditions
  • create more physical space to meet the needs of a growing population, reducing the need for people to travel to Cambridge for some services
  • build a new car park(no more than 4 levels) to address the lack of parking on site
  • harness digital technology to deliver modern healthcare including virtual consultations

Initial plans which informed our planning application are available below - click on each of the 13 images to view each plan on your screen.   Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on these plans during the engagement period which rang between 1 December – 14 December 2020 and to people who joined our online engagement sessions on 4 and 7 December.

Please find here a summary of the themes which were raised during this engagement period and our responses.  Unfortunately we were unable to respond to individual comments posted via the comments box as we are unable to collect email addresses through this route due to information governance requirements.

One of the questions asked was what is the difference between a major trauma centre, an A&E and an Urgent Treatment Centre.  Here's a quick summary:

  • Major trauma describes serious and often multiple injuries where there is a strong possibility of death or disability. These might include serious head, chest, abdominal and skeletal injuries sustained as a result of accidents, sport or violence.  The local major trauma centre for the east of England is at Addenbrooke's Hospital - it is one of a network of regional centres across the country
  • Accident and Emergency Departments (A&Es) provide treatment for serious and potentially life threatening conditions.  You can find out more here.   Local A&Es are based at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge, Hinchingbrooke Hospital Huntingdon and Peterborough Hospital.  
  • Urgent treatment centres are for people who need urgent medical care but where the situation is not life threatening.  You can read more here
Please keep revisiting this page as we will add further information as it becomes available.
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