Changes at Leicester General Hospital

Leicester General Hospital  entrance - Artists impression (consultation)

No longer an acute hospital with inpatient beds - instead Leicester General Hospital would be developed into a smaller campus that focuses on community health.

We are proposing to create a community campus at Leicester General which would serve people living in the east side of the city and county with:

  • A dedicated building for the Leicester diabetes centre of excellence
  • Imaging facilities including scans and x-rays to help diagnose patients’ conditions.
  • Stroke recovery services with inpatient beds (in the Evington Centre).
  • Administrative and education and training services in the Brandon Unit
  • A midwifery-led unit - dependent on the outcome of public consultation - within the existing Coleman Centre

In addition, we want to explore through this consultation potentially developing of other services at this site, including:

  • A GP-led primary care urgent treatment centre, open at least 12 hours a day, every day, offering appointments that could be booked through NHS 111, a GP practice or referred by the ambulance service. There would also be a walk-in access option
  • Observation facility located alongside the primary care urgent treatment centre for patients where admission is not necessary, but where they need to be cared for and monitored for up to eight hours by suitably trained staff
  • Community outpatients service providing additional care for people referred for treatment in the community
  • Additional primary care capacity to provide family health care to people living in the east of the city.

As the acute services move from Leicester General Hospital to the other two hospitals, the NHS buildings they are currently housed in would be vacated. These buildings and the land they stand on would be freed up and sold for affordable housing developments which we would hope key workers would be attracted to. The money from the sale of the land and buildings would be reinvested into the hospitals.

Summary of key changes proposed for Leicester General Hospital

  • Retention of the diabetes centre of excellence 
  • Creation of new GP access imaging facilities
  • Retention of stroke recovery service with inpatient beds 
  • Potential for re-location of a midwifery-led unit to Leicester General
  • Potential to retain Brandon Unit for administrative, education and training services
  • Retain sufficient car parking
  • Potentially create:
    • new GP access imaging facilities (to help with diagnosis)
    • non acute services - GP led primary care urgent treatment centre
    • observation facilities
    • a diagnostic service
    • community outpatients service
    • new or additional GP capacity

To view the consultation documents please click here