Acute care ward for Hampshire Hospital
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A 28 bed unit reducing pressure on acute care wards.

Organisation : Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Application : Healthcare

Product : Ultima

Location : Basingstoke

Requirement :

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust needed a twenty-eight bed, fully-fitted unit to reduce pressure on acute care wards at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital. The ward needed to be linked to existing buildings for continuation of care and to ensure ease of patient transfers into the unit.

The unrelenting dedication and hard-working nature of NHS staff shouldn’t be the only thing health providers rely on when the pressure is on busy departments – best practice encourages hospitals to always be proactively planning care, assessing variations in risk and working towards high-quality continuation in healthcare. Portakabin specialises in this; providing space quickly, with no compromise on quality.

Solution :

“The building is there to ensure those patients most in need are offered a safe and welcoming environment in which to heal,” said Regional Hire Manager for Portakabin, Craig Stewart. “As healthcare design specialists, we understand how important space is to providers at the busiest of times. This unit reduces front pressures, easing admissions and releases beds around the hospital for when the very sick patients need to be admitted and also allows pre-planned surgeries to go ahead.”

The unit was designed with the wellbeing of the hospital’s patients at the very heart of it and will offer the Trust the best of the benefits of a modular building including the flexibility to re-locate the structure should the Trust re-locate.

Working with a very tight building footprint, the unit was installed directly outside the existing Sherborne Building, complete with a 15m custom-built hybrid walkway for continuation of care and to protect patient flow. By pre-empting any initial groundwork, the modules were able to be craned in while the hospital remained fully open throughout.

Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital, said: “The Overton Unit provides step down care for patients who no longer require the high level of acute care provided in hospital, but are awaiting a care package that will enable them to return home. Opening the unit has enabled us to release space on our acute care wards for very sick patients when they need to be admitted to hospital.

“I’d like to say a big thank you and well done to everyone who worked hard to ensure that the unit was open in time for the busy winter period.”

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