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Our journey so far

The James Paget is a vibrant hospital providing the best possible care to a population of 250,000 residents across Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Waveney, as well as to the many visitors who come to this part of East Anglia.

The James Paget hospital front entrance 

Construction of the James Paget Hospital began in 1976 and was completed in 1981, one of the last in a series of ‘best buy’ hospitals to be built in the UK.

The Trust’s current estates exists on a land area of 17 hectares, and the footprint of the building covers 30,000 square metres.

We have exceeded the 30-year lifespan of our hospital, and we recognise that the main structure of the hospital is ageing and will require increased monitoring and maintenance going forward.

In 2020, it was announced that the JPUH has received national seed funding to explore all options for the building of a new hospital – one of 40 which will be built across the country by 2030 as part of the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan.

The Trust’s New Hospital Programme is the latest step in our long-term vision and discussions with local partners about developing its estates into a modern health campus. Our hospital site needs to modernise to enable its entire workforce to deliver the highest quality NHS standards of healthcare, and to work closely with our health and care partners in Norfolk and Waveney.