Natalie oversees massive hospital programme

Picture of NHS logo

NHS - massive investment - Credit: NHS

A former nurse who led the construction of the Nightingale Hospital in London has been appointed to oversee the government’s building of 40 new hospitals by 2030, including Torbay. 

Natalie Forrest, a registered nurse who has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, is chief executive of Chase Farm Hospital in North London where she successfully led operational and clinical teams to design a ground-breaking new hospital. 

In the South West, she will oversee the construction of three hospitals in Devon, one in Cornwall, two in Somerset and five in Dorset. 

The programme will include a new acute ‘hot’ hospital and a new elective centre at Torbay Hospital as part of an investment of around £350 million. 

Ms Forrest, who takes the title of senior responsible officer of the New Hospital Programme, will oversee a delivery board across the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and Improvement, which will work closely with NHS trusts.