The next phase of the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development is underway with building works now focussed on the new three storey Critical Care and Same Day Emergency Care unit.
The existing building, which originally housed surgical theatres and latterly offices and medical engineering, is adjacent and to the rear of the Emergency Department. It will be demolished by the end of May to make way for the new construction.
Emergency Department Lead for the Emergency Village and Critical Care Development, Dr Adeline Israel, said: “Today is another milestone in the progress of the Emergency Village journey.
“With the symbolistic strike of the hammer, the old building comes down to pave the foundation for the Same Day Emergency Care Unit and Critical Care Units.
“It also signifies bringing down barriers to progress, change and improvement. Given the need for change and transformation to provide enhanced care and improve patient experience, we are committed to achieving this by providing high quality care through a multi-disciplinary team approach.
“I am indeed honoured to swing the hammer on behalf of all the teams working towards realising this vision.”
Adam Lynch, Senior Construction Manager for construction partner IHP, said: “From June until September, we will be working on the groundworks, with the steel work commencing from early September. We are on programme to complete the new building by July 2022.”