Additional reporting by Coni Harpham & Ciara Bolton

After nearly five years of deliberation and waiting, the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital has finally opened its doors to the public.

New Royal Liverpool University Hospital © Image by Ciara Bolton

Originally set to open in 2017, the project was continuously set back by delays and other issues, including the collapse of construction firm Carillion, and according to the National Audit Office was “well over budget”.

The Liverpool University Hospital is now beginning the transfer of their patients from the older crumbling hospital, to the brand new, state-of-the-art site. Today marks part of the 24 day move-plan for the Trust, that will see staff, patients and services move across to the new building in a phased approach, with the move complete by October 21.

Until that date, the A&E unit remains at the old hospital.

With more than 360 out-patients expected to walk through the doors on opening day, running costs for the 646-bed hospital are expected to be around £1bn, a staggering amount against the previous £746m needed for the old building.

The new build also comes with new changes as it has been revealed that wards are a thing of the past, as each patient will have their own designated room, in a brand new modern environment.

Not only will this hospital improve care for patients across the city, staff will also be able to access specialist medical equipment and a world-leading research facility.

Today, locals commented on the hospital and what they hope it will bring to the community.

Construction teams will remain on site at the new Royal into 2023 to complete internal and external works, which will allow easier access for patients and visitors.

Featured image by Ciara Bolton







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