New hospital call backed by health chiefs

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NEW HOSPITAL: Proposals by a Berkshire MP to create a new hospital for the Thames Valley region have been backed by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

The proposed Royal Thames Valley Hospital near Junction 9 of the M4 would cater for 650,000 patients.

Plans have been put forward by Bracknell MP Dr Phillip Lee, a practising GP.

In his Future Healthcare Plan report, Dr Lee said: “My vision is for a major acute emergency hospital providing the very best care to a large region.

“This would act as a hub from which ‘arterial routes’ to community hospitals would emanate.”

The 1,016-bed facility would cost £750 million.