24 July 2013,

Ceremony marks the start of work on New QEII Hospital

A breaking-ground ceremony to mark the start of construction work on the New Queen Elizabeth II Hospital took place on Friday 26 July 2013 in Welwyn Garden City.

Scheduled to open in Spring of 2015, the development is a £30m investment and has recently been granted Royal approval to use the name “The New Queen Elizabeth II Hospital”. Designed by award-winning architects Penyore & Prasad, the new facility will house a significant range of services including a local A&E, outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, Child Zone and an Endoscopy Suite.

Welwyn Hatfield MP, Grant Shapps attended the official ceremony that signifies building work on the New QEII hospital is finally underway.

Alongside Welwyn Hatfield’s Mayor, Cllr Howard Morgan, Mr Shapps was joined by Community Health Partnerships’ Chair John Bacon CB, the Council’s Health Champion Cllr Fiona Thomson, developers and other senior local health officials at the cutting of the sod event.

John Bacon commented:  CHP‘s aim is to create modern, high quality facilities that help to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

LIFT accommodation - such as the new QEII - brings care closer to patients and integrates a greater range of services under one roof, so that people can access a range of health and social care services in one visit.  The LIFT Programme has also driven significant improvements in the quality of health service accommodation, enhancing working conditions and facilities for a wide range of service providers.

The new QEII project is being developed through Assemble Community Partnerships (LIFT Company) and the project is one of the largest LIFT projects in the country. When it opens, I am certain that the New Queen Elizabeth II Hospital will achieve our aim and be valued by both patients and the health care professionals who will work there.”

The New QEII is set for completion in the Spring of 2015 and is currently on budget and on time.