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Work is progressing at the County Hospital site on the new 72-bed ward block which will replace the last of the two 1940s hutted wards.
A handful of the old huts were demolished last year and since January workmen have been on site carrying out preparatory work ready for the delivery of the modular units which will make up the new four-storey building.
It marks a significant step forward at the site as it will allow staff to treat patients in new state-of-the-art facilities.
And it will mean an end to the last two remaining hutted wards – loved by many, but not able to deliver 21st-century health and care services.
“We’ve been working towards this for many years,” said Alan Dawson, the Trust’s Director for Strategy and Planning.
“After securing an undertaking from government that it would earmark £23.6 million for the project last summer, we submitted a full business case to the Department of Health which was approved and we demolished the wards last year,” Alan added.
Workmen have been on site to ensure the groundworks are complete – including the foundation for the lift shaft and housing for a new oxygen tank which will serve the new building as well as parts of the County Hospital building.
Starting in a couple of weeks’ time – from around July 20 - around 100 modular sections which will make up the new building will start to arrive at the County Hospital site. These will be hoisted into place by a crane which will sit at the back of the hospital site – near the diabetes centre.
“We’re doing all we can to avoid any inconvenience to patients and visitors,” added Alan.
“We’ve also had an undertaking by the company delivering the units, MTX, that it will do all it can to minimise the impact the arrival of the sections will have on traffic near the hospital.
“It will be a carefully planned operation lasting around three-four weeks with holding areas outside of Hereford where lorries delivering the sections will wait to avoid them queuing up outside the hospital.”
Visitors and patients to the hospital are advised that there could be slow moving traffic from time to time along Stonebow Road and within the hospital site itself - to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff, car parking at the front of Fred Bulmer Building will be suspended from the evening of Friday, July 10.
“We apologise for any inconvenience these works will cause during this project, but we’re sure it will be worth it when the new building opens,” added Alan.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
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