HOPES of returning medical services to the Alexandra Hospital have been bolstered after £3million was secured to expand of medical training facilities at the University of Worcester.
The key project has been given the green light to receive the funding from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.
The £3m will be used to fund the re-development of the University’s Severn campus to enable future expansion plans to include new medical training facilities.
This will provide much needed practical facilities for the big increase in nursing and other health students at Worcester which the Government announced at the end of July.
Redditch MP Rachel Maclean says she has been working with the MP for Worcester, Robin Walker, to lobby the Government for the funding as part of her on-going efforts to return a maternity and children’s service to the Alex.
Speaking after the announcement, she said: “I have long acknowledged that a key factor in the return of services to the Alex is staffing. The more healthcare professionals we can train in Worcestershire the more we can retain them to work at our County’s hospitals.
“That’s why I’m delighted the Government has awarded this funding to expand medical training facilities.
“Myself and Robin Walker MP have been lobbying strongly on this for quite some time as this is a key component to my plans to return services to our town’s hospital.”
Professor David Green CBE, the University Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive said: “We are very grateful to the Worcestershire Local Economic Partnership (LEP) and HM Government for this positive investment.
Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire LEP, said: “We are delighted to have been successful with our submission.
“The works on the Severn campus to enable the future expansion plans to include new medical training facilities and inclusive sports centre is a key project for the local economy.”