The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has been granted full planning consent for its new RNHRD and Therapies Centre, and building work is expected to start on site in October.
The new centre will be close to the main entrance of the RUH. It will be a predominately outpatient centre providing treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition.
Trust Chief Executive James Scott said: “This is the beginning of a very exciting new chapter in the Trust’s vision to make the RUH ‘Fit for the Future’.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked on this project so far, including staff and patients, to plan and fashion the design of the new building and the services we’ll be providing.
“Up to now it’s been a concept around a series of architect’s drawings, but very soon this will become a reality of bricks and mortar – and first-class treatment and care.”
The new building will house many of the services currently located at the Mineral Hospital and in RUH North, namely rheumatology, therapies and pain management services.
The RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal is raising a minimum of £2m towards this multi-million pound project – with the Brownsword Charitable Foundation challenging the public to back the appeal by generously promising to match every pound donated up to the level of £1m.