Sunday 15 November will mark 10 years since the City Hospital welcomed its first patients and began operating as an acute hospital serving the city of Peterborough and beyond.
The build was part of a £330 million healthcare project which saw the opening of the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road and the Cavell Centre, also based on Bretton Gate.
“It seems amazing to think that it has been a decade since we opened PCH,” says Kanchan Rege, Chief Medical Officer & Deputy Chief Executive. “I still remember the excitement we all felt in anticipation of moving to our new hospital site, knowing that the opportunity it provided for us to expand on our services and deliver an even better quality of care to our patients."
The City Hospital became home to all staff and services that were previously spread across three sites; Peterborough District Hospital, Edith Cavell and the Maternity Unit. The new site opened as 612 bed facility which offered state of the art facilities including a high-tech diagnostics unit, specialist cardiac and cancer treatments and an oncology and haematology unit. The hospital also features 18 operating theatres, a dedicated women’s and children’s unit and state-of-the-art emergency department.
One of the most exciting aspects of the new build was the radiotherapy unit which opened in 2011 and enabled patients to receive treatment they had otherwise had to travel to hospitals like Addenbrooke’s and Leicester for.
"In the 10 years since we opened PCH there have been a lot of changes to the way we provide care to patients in Peterborough and surrounding areas," says Kanchan. "Many of which have been possible thanks to our hospital building and the innovative and life-changing treatment we’re able to provide and continue building on in the future.”