A new £118m specialist cancer hospital linked to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital has been proposed by Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The proposals are out to public consultation until 19 October and would see a major hospital on the same site as the Royal, itself being rebuilt under a separate PFI project, and the University of Liverpool.
The design concept for the new cancer hospital, which would provide expert care as well as carrying out research and clinical trials, builds on feedback from patients, visitors and staff who have highlighted how much they value the bright yet peaceful environment and sense of harmony with nature at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre's Wirral site near Bebington.
There would corridor links on two floors to the Royal next door, providing easy access to staff and patients travelling between the two buildings.
The new hospital would include a dedicated Teenage & Young Adult Unit that would bring together inpatient and day-case facilities for people aged between 16 and 24 as well as operating as a base for those patients visiting the hospital for other treatments such as radiotherapy. The existing teenage and young adult unit in the Wirral cancer centre just has inpatient beds.
The Clatterbridge trust also plans to redesign and invest in its existing Wirral site, which would continue to provide outpatient services and care for around 90% of patient attendances by people from Wirral and West Cheshire.
Ged Couser, architect director at the Manchester studio of BDP, created the initial design. He said: "We wanted to take advantage of the natural change in ground level across the site, sloping from the highest point next to the Royal Liverpool to its lowest next to the dental school on West Derby Street. That's enabled us to design a building with graduated levels coming down from its prow, creating terraces that provide access to landscaping and outside space."
Fiona Jones, project director at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, said: "The new hospital would enable us to expand and improve our services and research activity, and bring us closer to the majority of our patients, who live north of the Mersey. It would also provide on-site access for our inpatients to intensive care and other key specialties, which we don't have at Wirral and which is increasingly important as we care for more complex patients who have other health conditions as well as cancer. We are keen to hear people's views via the public consultation running until 19 October."
- Visit www.transformingcancercaremc.nhs.uk or contact the consultation team on 0151 296 7068 or firstname.lastname@example.org