The Government are hinting that Royal Preston Hospital is to close for the creation of a “super hospital” in Lancashire.
Should the proposals be accepted, Royal Preston Hospital and Lancaster Royal Infirmary would close.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a £3.7billion fund to build 40 new hospitals across the UK, including in Lancashire.
Boris Johnson said: “The dedication and tireless efforts of our nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers have kept the NHS open throughout this pandemic. But no matter what this virus throws at us, we are determined to build back better and deliver the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.
“From Morpeth to Milton Keynes, we are building 40 new hospitals across England to level up our NHS so more people have top-class healthcare services in their local area.”
The Department of Health state subject to consultation either one, or two, new hospitals would be built to serve those within the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay areas.
The “super hospital” for Central Lancashire could be operational for 2030 and has been rumoured for years. Land near the M65/M61/M6 has been earmarked as a potential site.
Chorley MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he is wary about the impact for his constituents.
“I’ve always said that any super hospital could be good or bad for Chorley depending on where it is built,” he added.
“If they go ahead and build it north of Preston somewhere, then at Chorley, we would want a 24-hour A&E and more trauma support – because we would be so disadvantaged by having a new hospital built even further away than the Royal Preston is now.”
Preston MP Sir Mark Hendrick said: “On the face of it, this sounds very exciting. However, until we know exactly how much money will be allocated to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and whether it will be for one super hospital or two hospitals, there is little to get excited about.”
The Government said the package is worth £3.7 billion, with trusts that received seed funding now all fully funded to deliver 25 hospitals.