Following an earlier appointment for the Outline Business Case, the critical care unit, including the accident and emergency department, was developed. The scheme, the largest of its kind in the UK, includes a dedicated paediatric A&E and an extended paediatric ITU. Extensions to the existing building, including new major and minor entrances, were included. Careful planning and design provide a high quality, naturally lit environment within a constrained NHS budget.
The A&E redevelopment was planned for phased implementation to maintain operational continuity of the existing service.
The constructor was involved from an early stage, as the hospital promoted a partnering approach to procurement and delivery.
The new unit provides a generous reception area, major and minor treatment areas, and a thirty bed assessment ward. The Unit has its own identity and front door entrance and provides a therapeutic, non-threatening environment with the paediatric areas specifically designed to cater for children’s needs.
The project won the NHS Best Designed Hospital award.