Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is mounting a business case that will see 85% of the Crewe hospital replaced with a new facility.
MCH said that it is working with a strategic partner to develop the proposal in detail, to allow an outline case to be made by March 2021. The trust said: “Leighton Hosital is in need of significant upgrade and renovation and is not suited to delivering modern healthcare services due to its size, layout and extensive repair programme.
“Rather than continue to spend considerable money to bring an unsuitable site to an acceptable standard, the Trust is instead developing an exciting proposal for a new hospital that will replace 85% of the existing site.”
Any project will, it said, be delivered in phase to minimise disruption.
Projects carried out to upgrade the 1972-built hospital include a £22.8m operating theatre nd intensive care building, designed by AFL Architects and delivered by Interserve in 2014.
The trust’s chief executive James Sumner said: “We have a clear strategic vision for the future of Leighton Hospital and we are now working up the detailed costings – achieving our vision is dependent on securing appropriate funding.
“As our plans progress we will very much want to hear from everyone who has an interest in the hospital.”