• Department of Health and Social Care allocates £760m capital funding including for hospital reconfigurations
  • Nearly half will go to fund major changes at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust
  • Forty projects funded in total
  • Further £150m to be released for “efficiency” and technology programmes

The government has today allocated £760m capital for building projects, including a major acute reconfiguration in the Midlands, and another £150m for “efficiency” investments.

The money comes from Department of Health and Social Care capital funding announced last year, amounting to £3.5bn between now and 2022-23.

Royal shrewsbury hospital

The funding will pay for major changes at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt also said the government planned to announce “one large scale scheme… every year”, depending on “high quality plans coming forward”.

Today’s allocations are also to be spent over several years.

By far the biggest project announced today is for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, which is set to receive up to £312m for major changes at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust. There are another 39 smaller projects (see table).

The much delayed Shrewsbury and Telford reconfiguration will see the Shrewsbury hospital become the main urgent and emergency care site and Telford focus on planned care, while retaining a 24 hour urgent care centre. Under the plans, which remain subject to consultation, the sites would receive major development and expansion.

The second largest allocation is to Somerset sustainability and transformation partnership, with up to £79m allocated.

In addition to the £760m, the DHSC said it would “release” £150m for three programmes aiming to improve efficiency. They are: more use of e-rostering; energy efficiency programmes; and improvements to pharmacy IT systems, e-prescription and medicine administration systems.

Mr Hunt said: “As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday [in July], we are backing it with one of the largest capital programmes in NHS history…

“Further major projects are also under consideration across the country and we intend to announce one large scale scheme the size of the Shrewsbury and Telford plan every year based on high quality plans coming forward from local NHS leaders.”

Forty projects allocated money as part of the £760m by region

NHS England regionSTPScheme value

North

Lancashire and South Cumbria

Up to £31.2m

North

West Yorkshire

Up to £2m

North

West Yorkshire

Up to £1.5m

North

West Yorkshire

Up to £15.0m

North

West Yorkshire

Up to £6.1m

North

Humber, Coast and Vale

Up to £7.5m

Midlands and East

Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin

Up to £312m

Midlands and East

Derbyshire

Up to £6.5m

Midlands and East

Black Country

Up to £3.3m

Midlands and East

Black Country

Up to £9m

Midlands and East

Norfolk and Waveney

Up to £0.6m

Midlands and East

Suffolk and North East Essex

Up to £69m

Midlands and East

Suffolk and North East Essex

Up to £3.4m

Midlands and East

Suffolk and North East Essex

Up to £14.7m

Midlands and East

Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton

Up to £6m

Midlands and East

Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire and Luton

Up to £1.1m

London

North West London

Up to £2.1m

London

North West London

Up to £2.1m

London

North Central London

Up to £0.3m

London

South West London

Up to £9.8m

London

South West London

Up to £2.15m

London

South West London

Up to £11.1m

London

South West London

Up to £2.7m

South

Kent and Medway

Up to £6m

South

Kent and Medway

Up to £8.5m

South

Kent and Medway

Up to £1m

South

Kent and Medway

Up to £2.5m

South

Kent and Medway

Up to £1.5m

South

Sussex and East Surrey

Up to £19.3m

South

Surrey Heartlands

Up to £0.5m

South

Devon

Up to £13.3m

South

Devon

Up to £26.2m

South

Somerset

Up to £79.4m

South

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire

Up To £7.5m

South

Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire

Up to £2m

South

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Up to £3m 

South

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Up to £10.3m

South

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Up to £17.5m

South

Gloucestershire

Up to £39.5m

South

Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire

Up to £2m

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