A futuristic vision for Wessex Fields

Posted on Friday 22nd March 2019

Technologies that support revolutionary applications in the medical profession could be developed in a ‘living lab’ as part of the future Vision for Wessex Fields.

A science park boasting a healthy and creative community where innovative medical training and research meets leading edge technology could all form part of the exciting plans at Wessex Fields.

Working with Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, on behalf of the Our Dorset Integrated Care System (ICS), the Council is drawing up a masterplan for the Wessex Fields site. Early stage concept ideas show the future that a possible Vision could bring to the area and the Council will work with interested parties to look at the opportunities that could take shape at Wessex Fields.

Councillor Philip Broadhead, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said; “Our vision is for Wessex Fields to be an ideal environment to nurture industry-leading innovation research. Digital Health is a growing sector and the Park’s proximity to Royal Bournemouth Hospital provides a fantastic opportunity to combine medical research with some of the fastest IT connectivity in the country.

“This site has the potential to provide new and exciting job prospects for Bournemouth’s fast-growing population, and the wider region.”

The masterplan currently under development will shape the Vision into a full park layout and will be completed later in the spring.

Dr Phil Richardson, Chief System Integration Officer of Our Dorset ICS is enthusiastic about the scheme; “The development of a big data living laboratory is a key element of the long-term plan for Dorset’s ICS. By bringing together medtech, biotech, life science and digital partners together with the NHS, local authorities and the university we will be able to be at the forefront on innovation that delivers improved health and wellbeing for our communities. We have already started this journey with Research Active Dorset and see the living lab as the next exciting step.”

Richard Renaut, Chief Operating Officer of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Research is an integral part of the future development of our hospitals and Wessex Fields represents an exciting opportunity to expand in this area. This will benefit our patients and local population by creating a living lab here in east Dorset, working closely with our academic partners. It was therefore welcome news that the new junction from the A338 will help unlock the Wessex Fields site as well as helping our patients, visitors and staff with access to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.”

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