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.
Critical 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 critical care unit (CCU), 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 2015||Enabling works commence and Interserve (contractors) set up compound area|
|26 May||Current 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 2015||Demolish the existing entrance to make way for the new building|
|Autumn 2015||Digging of the foundations and piling|
|Winter 2015/2016||Erection of the building frame commences|
|Summer 2016||Topping-out ceremony – This is when the last beam is installed and the building frame is all in place|
|Summer 2016||The building is fully watertight|
|Late Autumn 2016||Internal finishes installation – Painting and installation of equipment|
|Winter 2016/2017||New CCU operational|
|Winter 2016/2017||New main entrance operational – New shop opens, new café opens|
Our current 10-bed Critical 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 2015||Main construction works for the new bunker will begin|
|July 2015||The site in and around the new bunker will be developed|
|February 2016||LINAC machine installation|
|Summer 2016||New LINAC operational|
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