Royal Sussex County Hospital
REFURBISHMENT OF A&E DEPARTMENT AT THE ROYAL SUSSEX COUNTY HOSPITAL
Willmott Dixon Interiors has completed work on a £2.85 Million extension to the accident and emergency department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, that will improve the care environment for patients receiving urgent treatment.
The national fit-out and refurbishment specialist has delivered a new Urgent Treatment Centre that is linked to the hospital’s existing A&E facilities.
The two-storey modular extension will be a key resource in managing the very high levels of demand for A&E services that the hospital continues to receive.
The refurbishment provided five ground floor treatment rooms, a new reception waiting room, accessible toilets and a utility room. There are offices and a training/simulation suite on the first floor, a comms room, additional toilets and multifunctional space for hot desking and small meetings.
This will help increase the capacity within the main A&E for patients and allow for better patient flow through all parts of the department. This new centre follows on from the opening of nine extra cubicles in the main body of A&E to care for patients who are more critically injured or unwell.
The team completed groundworks, piling and foundation works in preparation for the delivery of the building’s modular shell, which was manufactured off-site. It also delivered an internal fit out of the building ready for clinical use, with all works carried out in a live hospital environment.
Graham Shaw, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said:
“Modular construction is enabling us to deliver a faster and more efficient build which minimises disruption for NHS staff. The new building will supplement the hospital’s existing A&E facilities, providing access to urgent treatment and additional clinical space, as well as supporting a better patient flow through all parts of the department.”
James Millar, Deputy Director of Capital Development and Property at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This is a really positive development that will ease pressure on the hospital, leaving other departments free to treat the most serious cases, and is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. Thanks to careful planning and partnership working, the A&E Department remained fully operational during the building works. We look forward to patients experiencing the improved environment that this new facility can offer. This is part of the Trust’s dedication to delivering the best possible care environments across all our hospitals.”
The project was procured via SCAPE, one of the UK’s leading public procurement authorities, and was delivered by Willmott Dixon Interiors on behalf of Brighton & Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust. The project team included Noviun Architects, Campbell Reith Consulting Engineers, Van Zyl and de Villiers and Ward Williams Associates.
Mark Robinson, Group Chief Executive at SCAPE said:
“The NHS and healthcare system is currently facing serious challenges with a considerable pull on resources and the Urgent Treatment Centre will be invaluable in supporting these high levels of demand whilst improving levels of care. SCAPE is delighted to have supported our partner, Willmott Dixon in accelerating this project forward to create positive change for the hospital and local community.”
- Delivered using modern methods of construction.
- Increased capacity for the A&E department.
- Logistical challenges due to live environment overcome.