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Green light for orthopaedic hospital revamp

Green light for orthopaedic hospital revamp

The London Borough of Harrow has given the green light for the long-awaited redevelopment of the flagship Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore.

The decision to approve the £90m proposal is the culmination of more than three decades of efforts to modernise the site and create a physical environment that matches the hospital’s status as one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic centres.

Rob Hurd, RNOH chief executive, said: “These plans have been talked about for more than 30 years so we are delighted to see them finally get the green light.

“The decision will mean our vision for providing exemplary healthcare for our patients and our ability to remain as a national and international centre of excellence can now be realised.”

The thumbs-up was given at a special meeting of the council’s planning committee. Portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, Councillor Keith Ferry, said: “This hospital is one of the jewels in the crown of our borough and this redevelopment is the result of years of collaboration between RNOH staff and the Harrow planning service. This will allow it to continue the fantastic work that it does to provide treatment and care for patients in a modern environment.”

More than 60% of the RNOH’s current buildings were first constructed around 1940, with a number of the patient wards originally designated only for temporary use during the war. The plans feature new wards, imaging and ancillary clinical services; a multi-storey car park; a ‘home from home’ accommodation unit for parents and children; a private patient unit; a staff accommodation block; and residential units. The proposals will also increase public access to greenbelt land while preserving and enhancing the ecological value of the site.

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