An eighteen month extension project has been completed at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Sections of the building have been operational since late-March, following hand-over by main contractor Integrated Health Projects; a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.
Located at the rear of the existing hospital, the £13m building provides overnight facilities for relatives, as well as a new endoscopy unit at ground level and a critical care unit on the first floor.
Peter Dodd, project manager for IHP, said: “We are delighted to have worked with the trust and to bring their vision to life. The expanded space will provide a modern and comfortable environment, which will help assist in patient recovery. This is a major step forward in the provision of quality healthcare, and we hope to work with the trust in the future.”
The building’s layout was based on the professional experience of end-users, with more than 200 staff providing input into the final design.
Jamie Barnes, HSDU/Endoscopy team leader, said: “Moving to the new purpose built endoscopy decontamination suite marks a very exciting time for HSDU and the Countess of Chester. The new decontamination suite allows us to offer a state of the art service which will ensure a quicker, more efficient and most of all deliver the safest possible patient experience. We are very much looking forward as a team, to taking endoscope decontamination into a new era.”
Carol Francis, consultant gastroenterologist, said: “On behalf of the endoscopy team, I would like to extend our thanks for your efforts in coordinating and overseeing this new build. I was impressed with the wide consultation you performed to ensure we got it right – not just the location of the unit (crucial for inpatient care) but also the details of what is required to ensure the unit is fully JAG compliant. I am very much looking forward to moving in.”