The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust has secured vital funds to begin rebuilding its facilities. The first phase in the redevelopment of the Stanmore site was officially approved in August.
Construction began on site in August, starting with the demolition of the Patient Centre to make way for the new hospital. The £40 million Inpatient ward building is set to be completed and open for services in summer 2018. The brand new building will mean the RNOH are able to offer patients the very best ward facilities and allow staff to work in an environment that matches their skill and dedication.
The major portion of the project will be funded from a land sales receipt when the surplus land on the West of the site is sold for residential redevelopment.
The Inpatient ward building will accommodate:
- A Children and Young People’s Ward, including 27 beds with embedded therapy and education functions and an external play area to replace the current paediatric ward beds.
- Adult Acute Wards to include 64 beds over two floors, with embedded therapies to replace several of the current outdated adult wards
- A welcoming main entrance that will provide reception and waiting space plus a retail outlet and coffee shop. There will also be a children’s activity centre within the foyer that will be fitted out with a range of toys, games and interactive technological equipment for our paediatric patients and families, funded from a charitable donation of £500,000 specifically for this purpose.
This will be the first step in a bright future for the RNOH, and it doesn’t stop there. Building works will begin at the end of 2016 for the £25 million UCL / RNOH Biomedical Engineering hub, which will add facilities to develop and test new medical devices to improve patient wellbeing.
Rob Hurd, Chief Executive of the RNOH, said: “The new ward block is the first step in an exciting future for the RNOH and builds upon an impeccable legacy of innovation in orthopaedics. The Stanmore name is known around the world for pioneering many of the now standard procedures and we are setting the gold standard for clinical outcomes. The support and enthusiasm shown by the staff, patients and supporters – both past and present – has brought us here and I want to say, on behalf of the RNOH, thank you. Without them, we could not have done it. We intend to be here for another 100 years, putting patients first, always”.