The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, an independent centre specialising in the care and rehabilitation of adults with spinal cord, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions, is to bolster its planned refurbishment programme following new funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial.
Plans are now underway for phase two of the ambitious investment and modernisation programme, unveiled last year, which will significantly upgrade the hospital’s building and facilities as it pursues its aim to be a market leader in specialised rehabilitation and care. The new developments, part of an overall £14 million investment programme over three to four years, will also enable the hospital to expand the range of treatments and services available and upgrade family accommodation and communal areas.
Since re-opening last year, the hospital has re-employed 24 staff and currently has 64 staff on its books. The planned expansion will create more jobs and bring further economic benefits to the area. The hospital also provides a range of specialist outpatient services benefiting the local community who no longer have to travel further afield.
The Grade II listed building, situated in the heart of Aylesbury, was designed by Florence Nightingale1 and is of huge historical and architectural value. The planned developments, due to be completed in September, will complement this rich heritage.
Chris Bialan, Chairman, The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital, said: “We understand fully the huge significance of The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital to the field of spinal and neuro-rehabilitation as well as its role in the local community in Aylesbury. There is no facility like this in the region, and the support from Santander Corporate & Commercial has been instrumental to our investment programme.”
Murray Smith, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital has a world-renowned reputation and provides specialist care for UK and International patients. The acquisition by Affinity enabled the previous employees to be re-employed with further job creation. The development loan is being used to refurbish the interior of this landmark building to create much needed neuro rehabilitation care beds, for which there is a dearth of supply within the UK.”
Under the ownership of the Affinity Group since March 2013, the hospital’s vision is to create a flagship centre for spinal and neurological rehabilitation and care, combining skills and expertise from its sister facility Kings Lodge Centre for Complex Needs.
When the total programme of development is complete, the combined facilities will have capacity for 120-beds. The hospital has also established a joint venture partnership with the Bupa Cromwell Hospital to form the London Neuro Rehab Group, offering a full pathway of care from diagnosis and acute operations through to outpatient support.