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Health & Wellbeing

Preston Hospital Critical Care Unit


Client: Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

A new build extension and refurbishment of the existing single-storey building, along with an Ophthalmology Department at Chorley Hospital comprising refurbishment of an existing three-storey building.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis we were asked by Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to accelerate the delivery of Phases 1 & 2. The team immediately implemented a 24/7 three shift work pattern in order to reduce the programme duration by seven weeks.

The Critical Care Unit comprises of a new build extension and refurbishment of the existing single-storey building.

The new unit includes 34-beds with increased natural light and enhanced patient facilities, with a focus on rehabilitation. Facilities for visitors include a kitchen and lockers with the staff facilities also being upgraded with a brand-new clinical skills room and a quiet space to encourage mindfulness in the workplace.

“We took possession of a dilapidated part of the estate, extended and converted it into some new world class Critical Care beds in a fully modern healthcare environment. The works were accelerated to bring these beds on line earlier which VINCI achieved by working 24/7 for the past two months, an incredible achievement.”

Jack Street NHS Capital Project Manager

“The team at all times acted in a respectful and professional manner whilst working in close proximity to the existing Critical care Unit, theatres, MRI and surrounding wards. Nothing that we requested was too much trouble. Construction activities were planned ahead on a weekly basis and if a particular item of work was causing too much of a disturbance it was stopped immediately. We would like to extend our thanks - the clinical teams are absolutely thrilled with our new Unit.”

Jo Agnew, Critical Care Business Manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Preston Hospital Critical Care Unit

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