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£400m Investment Set to Transform Health Provision and Medical Education

October 2002

The University of Leicester Medical School is looking forward to a major boost in its accommodation and facilities as part of a £400 million development which is set to transform health provision and medical education in the region.

The new initiative takes account not just of the recent changes in medical education that came about with the forming of the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools, but of further expansion in student numbers in Leicester, including the new four-year medical course for health science and health studies graduates which is recruiting now for its first student intake in 2003.

Over the next three years (2003-2006) medical students in Leicester will continue to be taught mainly in the Maurice Shock Building on the University campus, where more space will become available with the completion of the new Biomedical Science Research Building, currently under construction.

Once built, in addition to the Medical School’s own administration, seminar rooms and IT provision, the new building at the Leicester General Hospital site will include a lecture theatre with the capacity for 350 people, and a range of other multidisciplinary medical training facilities. These will be used not just by the University of Leicester’s medical students  but also by nursing students from De Montfort University and by hospital staff receiving training.

The project is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Pathway Project, a reconfiguration of clinical services of all three Leicester Hospitals – the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield General Hospital and Leicester General Hospital. It will involve substantial new building, particularly at Glenfield General Hospital and Leicester General Hospital. A total of £378 million will be invested through the Private Finance Initiative, with a further £25 million specifically to improve academic facilities at the hospitals, which will include the new University of Leicester Medical School facilities. The Leicester General Hospital will become a key site for training doctors, nurses and midwives from the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools and De Montfort University School of Nursing and Midwifery and hospital staff.  

Professor Ian Lauder, Dean of the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools, said: “This is fantastic for the University of Leicester and its Medical School, because many of our medical academic departments will be relocated to a brand new building. Not only will it help us to continue to attract good quality students and staff, but its facilities will be second to none.”

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Robert Burgess added: "This multi-million pound investment in the future of medical education and NHS provision heralds a new era for our Medical School. The University of Leicester has been teaching medical students for over 25 years and, next year the Leicester Warwick Medical Schools are set to have the largest number of medical students in the UK. We welcome the creation of state-of the-art facilities for medical students so that doctors of tomorrow will be taught by academics in a hospital environment on a modern site. As a partner and stakeholder in this project, the University of Leicester is committed to improving the quality of medical training and medical provision in the region."

Note to editors:   Further information is available from Mr Nigel Siesage, Secretary, University of Leicester Medical School, telephone 0116 252 2961, facsimile 0116 252 3013, email nps11@le.ac.uk

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