Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a Ł3m contract to Integrated Health Projects (IHP) to build a new dementia resource hub at Edward Street Hospital in West Bromwich.
The project, known as the Lighthouse, will revolutionise the environment in which services are provided for people in the Black Country who are living with dementia, along with their families and carers.
The ground floor of the hospital will be transformed into a hub for spiritual and cultural celebrations and sensory zones. The hub will also have areas showcasing dementia-friendly products to help people live at home for longer.
Karen Dowman, the trust’s Chief Executive, said: “The Lighthouse project will be a beacon of hope and support for people with dementia and their families. It will provide a hub of resources where individuals and their families can find fulfilment, hope and meaning for life.
The design will meet current and future needs as the high number of people in the Black Country with dementia continues to grow. We have approximately 3,000 patients in our dementia service and every year we receive 1,200 new referrals.”
The vision and design was developed by staff, patients, carers, commissioners and voluntary organisations including Edward Street Hospital League of Friends.
“We are delighted to kick start the redevelopment of Edward Street Hospital with phase one,” said Mike Voss, Regional Director for IHP. “IHP has built some of the most impressive healthcare facilities across the country through good working relations with the client and subcontractors, this scheme will be no different.”
IHP, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, has been contracted to undertake this project which will be completed in April 2014.