New CCU and main entrance
A new state-of-the-art critical care unit (CCU) with dedicated facilities for relatives, as well as a new main entrance.

Building a healthier future

You will have noticed that there are some major construction works being undertaken on the hospital site. We are committed to investing in patient care to ensure that we are providing the very best service. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced during this time whilst we work towards building a healthier future for our patients, visitors and staff.

Intensive Care Unit and main entrance

One of the projects we’re currently undertaking is an exciting £15m project to deliver a brand new, state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit (ICU), dedicated facilities for relatives, as well as a warm and inviting new main entrance with a café, a shop and additional public amenities.

Key dates
March 2015Enabling works commence and Interserve (contractors) set up compound area
26 MayCurrent main entrance on level 4 will temporarily close. For the duration of the project, the temporary main entrance will be via level 2 outpatients
July 2015Demolish the existing entrance to make way for the new building
Autumn 2015Digging of the foundations and piling
Winter 2015/2016Erection of the building frame commences
Summer 2016Topping-out ceremony – This is when the last beam is installed and the building frame is all in place
Summer 2016The building is fully watertight
Late Autumn 2016Internal finishes installation – Painting and installation of equipment
Winter 2016/2017New CCU operational
Winter 2016/2017New main entrance operational – New shop opens, new café opens

Our current 10-bed Intensive Care Unit is now nearly 30 years old and whilst the unit manages to support our patients to a high standard it’s now time to enhance these facilities and ensure they are fit for the future.

This major investment project will deliver a 14-bed CCU that will have all the associated technology and equipment required to provide a modern, patient focused environment. The new CCU will provide many benefits to our patients including increased capacity, improved patient privacy and dignity, ample space for visitors, improved patient observation and the provision of natural light to all the bed spaces.

There will also be dedicated relatives’ facilities to recognise the emotional effect on families and friends. This will transform the delivery of care for our patients, visitors and staff.

In addition, a warm and inviting new main entrance is also being built with pleasant waiting and café areas, a shop (which local and national businesses will have the opportunity to tender for) and additional public amenities. There will also be a new health and wellbeing zone offering the opportunity for advice, support and carer liaison services.

It is expected that the CCU and main entrance project will be completed by early 2017.

Our invaluable League of Friends is supporting the Trust and local patients by launching an appeal to raise £1.6 million to fund the new CCU with the latest high-tech equipment. Please look out for information on the League’s This is Critical appeal.

Interserve progress newsletter

Delivering a state-of-the-art radiotherapy service

The hospital is undertaking an exciting project to replace two Linear Accelerators, LINAC for short, which deliver specific dose ionising radiation to kill cancer cells. This service is known as radiotherapy. The LINAC machine needs to be housed in a specially built bunker which is designed to prevent unintentional radiation exposure to staff, patients and the public. We are also taking this opportunity to create a new, improved entrance to the Oncology outpatient department.

Key dates
May 2015Main construction works for the new bunker will begin
July 2015The site in and around the new bunker will be developed
February 2016LINAC machine installation
Summer 2016New LINAC operational

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