The Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust in the UK has formally submitted a funding bid of $905m (£663m) to the Department of Health and Social Care for Leighton Hospital redevelopment.

The Trust, which manages Leighton, intends to replace the existing ageing hospital with a new facility that could transform the healthcare of the people living in Cheshire and across the North West of England.

Mid Cheshire Trust chief executive James Sumner said: “Our vision for the new Leighton is for a carbon neutral facility that will play a vital role at the heart of the community and support the delivery of a new clinical model – a blueprint for providing care both in and out of hospital.”

The hospital was constructed in 1970 and the type of materials used during that period is resulting in significant spending to resolve safety risks at the hospital.

With a workforce of nearly 5,000 employees, the Trust has been serving a population of 300,000, and aims to improve its clinical facilities, with a new emergency department due to open by the end of the year.

Mid Cheshire Trust medical director Murray Luckas said: “A new hospital provides a unique opportunity to transform the experience of both patients and staff, working closely with our many partners.

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“Our aim is to ensure that digital innovation is at the forefront of health services designed to tackle inequalities and meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.”

The Trust also plans to unveil its new five-year strategy next month that will focus on continued investments.

Final decision on the funding applied under the government’s New Hospital Programme, is expected by next year.