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Hospital Wards

Volume 505: debated on Tuesday 2 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many single rooms there will be in new hospitals opening in 2010; and how many there are in hospitals which they are to replace. (312944)

The Department collects data on the proportion of single rooms in new national health service hospitals opened since 2003 with a capital value of over £25 million. Information on schemes opening in 2010 is contained in the table.

Information is not collected centrally on facilities that have been replaced as a result of new hospital schemes. All schemes with a capital value over £25 million have met the Department's 2001 guidance, which stated that the proportion of single rooms in new hospital developments should aim to be 50 per cent. but should not fall below 20 per cent. and must be higher than the facilities they are replacing. The policy and design guidance for the provision of single rooms in mental health accommodation is 100 per cent.

Each trust makes an informed choice regarding the appropriate percentage of single room provision based on practical considerations such as site restrictions and affordability as well as clinical and operational limitations.

New hospital facilities costing over £25 million opening in 2010

NHS organisation

Scheme description

Capital value (£ million)

Proportion of beds in single rooms (percentage)

St. Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust(St Helen's Diagnostic and Treatment Unit opened October 2008; Whiston Hospital due to open April 2010)

Development of St. Helen's Hospital (Diagnostic and Treatment Unit) and Whiston Hospital (Acute hospital services)



Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust/Wear Valleys NHS Trust

Replacement of St. Luke's hospital offering general and forensic mental health services



Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

Improving children's services and provision of primary care centres



University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust/Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Single site hospital to replace Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals and provide a new mental health unit (joint scheme with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health)




Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Mental Health Facilities



Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Women's and Children's Unit



1 Overall

2 Mental health facility