Andrew Mitchell MP joined the Chief Executive of Good Hope Hospital Richard Parker at the start of construction of the new £3.2 million Acute Medical Unit at Sutton’s hospital.
This important project, which is funded by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, is being constructed by Solihull-based Greswolde Construction. Managing Director Malcolm Priest joined Mr Mitchell and Richard Parker alongside Greswolde Director Chris Harrison and Site Manager Pete Dunn for a tour of the site and to go through the plans for the multi-million pound facility.
Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest said “We always enjoy breaking ground on projects, but it’s particularly special when it makes such a difference”
“We have extensive healthcare experience and it is good to be back on site at the Hospital, where we previously built the Musculo-Skeletal Centre.”
The project designed by RPS Technical Director Simon Houldcroft, involves stripping out two existing wards and adding linking extensions to create one new AMU facility at one end of the busy hospital. The purpose-built facility will more closely connect the different services at Good Hope which work together on a daily basis.
“Most of our projects with NHS Trusts involve busy, ever changing environments and this is no different. We\'ve worked with the Trust to create a design that means day to day care can still be provided to patients as well as meeting their operational needs in the future,” added Simon.
Richard Parker, Good Hope Hospital Managing Director, said: \"The scheme will increase the size of the facility to assess and treat patients with an acute medical problem. As well as increasing the number of doctors, we are providing nurse staffing to levels recommended for an AandE department in this area, which is approximately twice the level for a general ward area.
\"The development work to the Acute Medical Unit will help us to treat and discharge patients more quickly.\"
Speaking at the opening of the facility Andrew Mitchell commented: “I greatly welcome this further investment in Good Hope Hospital. The new Emergency Medical Unit will improve and strengthen services at Good Hope for my constituents”.