Dr Tim Wenham says:
“This project is great news for both our patients and our staff as this high-quality, purpose-built unit will allow us to provide the best possible care for our patients. In addition to the massively improved space and environment, there is also the huge safety advantage of greater proximity to theatres, radiology and the emergency department. The new unit will also enhance patient experience and wellbeing with more appropriately sized and spaced-out beds, better lighting and décor, as well as enhanced provisions for patient privacy. These factors all contribute to shorter stays, quicker discharges, and speedier recoveries in general.
The opening of the new unit marks a key milestone in Barnsley Hospital’s capital development projects, contributing to its strategic goal to be ‘Best for patients and the public’.”
Logistically, the scheme was one of our most challenging projects. With the only access to the site by a 2m x 2m doorway with the backdrop of a live dynamic hospital, that’s like having to take a whole building site through the back doors of an ambulance!
Working in collaboration with the Trust and clinical teams, the team was able to successfully take all materials, including 77 miles of electrical cable, through the doorway. Anything that couldn’t fit through the doorway had to be lifted by crane outside of working hours. This ensured that all clinical teams and ambulance services could continue to operate as normal in their day to day duties.
Communication was a key factor
Communication with the Trust team was a key factor for this project. The site works were adjacent to the Surgical High Dependency Unit, so it was important to make sure all hospital operations were able to carry on as normal. The scheme was built in phases to ensure that there was always an emergency birthing route available, in case mothers and babies needed to be transported quickly to an operating theatre.
Co-ordination of service connection required open live-link communication, programming, and sequencing with the Trust to ensure live service feeds to critical hospital services remained fully operational throughout the project.
Christopher Carline said:
“The scheme has been delivered in a relatively short build period when considering the logistical and access limitations of the live hospital environment. It is testament to the key subcontract, design, and NHS Trust teams working collaboratively with our team at I&G, whose commitment and hard work has delivered a high-quality new unit for the people of Barnsley.”