Work starts on hos­pi­tal’s ward up­date

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS - Thomas Cock Re­porter [email protected]­

A new mod­u­lar ward ar­rived at the Royal United Hos­pi­tal Bath at the week­end, mark­ing the start of a ma­jor five-year im­prove­ment and main­te­nance pro­ject. The new ward, con­sist­ing of 18 units each weigh­ing 13 tons, was craned into place over Satur­day and Sun­day. Work has be­gun to fit out and equip the ward in­ter­nally and to link it to the main hos­pi­tal by a new cor­ri­dor, to be ready for use early this year. The new ward will cre­ate the space to al­low an­other 16 wards, one at a time, to move in while up­grad­ing and re­fur­bish­ment work takes place in the va­cated area. The first to trans­fer will be the Sur­gi­cal As­sess­ment Unit in early April. Libby Wal­ters, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Royal United Hospi­tals Bath NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “We have to con­tin­u­ally mod­ernise and ren­o­vate our prop­erty to keep it up to date. “This mod­u­lar ward gives us the space to do just that. “It’s a re­ally ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the trust that will have a big im­pact on fur­ther im­prov­ing and mod­ernising the en­vi­ron­ment on our wards to ben­e­fit our pa­tients and staff, with the min­i­mum dis­rup­tion. “It’s a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment that demon­strates our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to mak­ing the RUH fit for the fu­ture.” The mod­u­lar ward has a max­i­mum of 27 beds and will house wards only for the time that they are be­ing ren­o­vated. The hos­pi­tal says it is built to a very high stan­dard and of­fers all the fa­cil­i­ties found in a mod­ern hos­pi­tal ward. Pa­tients, their fam­i­lies and car­ers can be as­sured that they will re­ceive the same ded­i­cated care and treat­ment, pro­vided by the same teams, in the new ward. The mod­u­lar ward is the lat­est in a sched­ule of ma­jor build­ing projects started, re­cently com­pleted or in the plan­ning pipeline at the RUH. A new home for the Fa­cial Surgery and Orthodon­tics out­pa­tient de­part­ment is near­ing com­ple­tion in Zone C of the hos­pi­tal, cre­at­ing a new im­proved fa­cil­ity pro­vid­ing a ‘Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence’ for con­di­tions of the head and neck, in a new pur­pose-built en­vi­ron­ment. The new unit will help pave the way for the new Dyson Can­cer Cen­tre. In June 2019 the new RNHRD and Ther­a­pies Cen­tre will open, hous­ing many of the ser­vices cur­rently lo­cated at the Royal Na­tional Hos­pi­tal for Rheumatic Dis­eases (RNHRD) and in the RUH, namely rheuma­tol­ogy, ther­a­pies and pain man­age­ment ser­vices.

Pic­ture: Ar­tur Les­niak

The new mod­u­lar ward ar­rives at the Royal United Hos­pi­tal, Bath

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