MKUH to receive funding from the government’s New Hospital Programme

Date: 25/05/2023

Women's and Children's Hospital and Surgical Ward at MKUH. Artist impression

An architects impression of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital at MKUH

Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) is delighted to hear that it is to receive essential funding to deliver a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital and enhanced surgical capacity by 2030 as part of the Government’s New Hospital Programme.

The confirmation of funding was announced today by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Barclay MP, with a commitment of £20bn investment into NHS hospital estates.

With the population of the city set to double by 2050, the Milton Keynes community and those in surrounding areas are set to benefit significantly from this announcement. It will enable MKUH to progress with its ongoing expansion plans to deliver additional capacity and technology enhancements, allowing the Trust to meet the future acute care needs of the rapidly growing local population.

Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of Milton Keynes University Hospital, said: “We are thrilled to hear that essential funding as part of the New Hospital Programme to develop a new women’s and children’s hospital, and surgical ward has been officially recognised by the Government in an announcement today. This enhancement to our estate is a fundamental element of our future growth strategy, allowing the Trust to increase capacity and improve the hospital care environment across the entire estate.

“We are excited to be moving forward with our plans and would like to thank the local community, MK City Council and both our local MPs for their ongoing support.”

The announcement of funding will allow to Trust to proceed to the Outline Business Case (OBC) stage of the programme, which will involve further engagement with staff, patients and the local community.

The growth requirements of MKUH have seen the delivery of several high-profile site improvement projects over recent years, including a new Main Entrance, Academic Centre and Cancer Centre. More recently, the Maple Centre development opened in October 2022, delivering an integrated approach to Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) for patients as well an acute assessment ward. The hospital site is currently mid-way through developing its cancer care service with a new state-of-the-art Radiotherapy Centre, due to open summer 2024.

More details about the programme can be found on our website here:

MKUH New Hospital Programme – Milton Keynes University Hospital