BREAKING: Royal Bournemouth Hospital plans given green light


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has approved a planning application for the creation for the new Maternity, Children’s, Emergency and Critical Care Centre (MCEC) on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site.

The new facilities will include a new purpose built maternity unit, purpose built children’s unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit, with capacity for up to 30 beds. As part of development plans, the multi-story car park will be enlarged and a new pathology hub built to provide laboratory services for the whole of Dorset. Environmental sustainability is central to these developments, and the Trust has committed £1m to support the provision of more sustainable and healthy travel options. 

This is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Dorset Clinical Services Review, helping to unlock over £250m of investment into Dorset which will benefit the NHS and the public for years to come. The plan includes developments at Poole Hospital and Christchurch Hospital.  

Plans for Christchurch Hospital

Plans for Christchurch Hospital site

Poole Hospital expansion

Poole Hospital expansion plans

Debbie Fleming, joint chief executive of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We are delighted that we can now begin to realise this once in a generation development at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, which forms part of a wider £250m investment in acute hospital services in Dorset.

“These facilities will provide state-of-the-art services in which the very best healthcare can be provided for the populations we serve, within improved working environments that will benefit patients and staff alike.

“We will now start to accelerate the programme of work, which also includes plans for a new theatre complex at Poole Hospital and the creation of a new Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital, and anticipate that the overall programme of works across all three hospitals will complete by 2026.”

Dr Forbes Watson, Dorset GP and Chair of NHS Dorset CCG, said: “We believe today’s decision was the right one – firstly for the local healthcare system but most importantly for the people who will be using our services in the future. We can now proceed with plans which will greatly improve the local provision for generations to come.” 

Further details about the plans are available here.


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