Fully equipped 1,710m2 Emergency Assessment Unit completed in six months to reduce waiting times and improve patient care


The University Hospital of North Tees needed a purpose-designed Emergency Assessment Unit, as part of the Government’s drive to reduce waiting times for emergency cases. The unit would adopt the latest thinking in emergency care and be staffed by specialist teams to give quicker access to treatment and more efficient streaming of patients.

"The Portakabin Group were selected for their reputation and experience in the healthcare sector – and I am pleased to report they performed very well. They delivered a quality building, constructed to Interserve’s high standards. The modular approach shortens the programme time which has cost benefits and gives the client earlier beneficial use of the building. It is also a clean and efficient way of constructing a building, despite working through the winter months."

Shaun Paramor, Project Manager, Interserve Project Services


A £2.8m ProCure 21 project was awarded to the Portakabin Group by Interserve Project Services, for the off-site construction and fitting out of this 42-bed Emergency Assessment Unit.

The building, constructed using the Portakabin Design and Build solution, comprises 42 steel-framed modules, which were manufactured in York and installed on site in just a few days – minimising disruption to patient care and reducing the programme time.

The 1,710m2 single-storey extension to the existing department was delivered in just over six months and provides a range of facilities for acute emergency care, including four-bed and single en-suite bedrooms, an isolation ward, high-dependency beds, consulting rooms, waiting areas, changing facilities and offices.

Roof lights were incorporated to increase natural light in the centre of the unit. Wireless workstations are available at patients’ bedsides and this was one of the first units in the country to feature an electronic information board.

Kevin Oxley, Director of Estates, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, says: “This is a fantastic building. We are impressed with the benefits of the off-site approach, its accuracy and the speed of construction, which has a direct impact on the patient experience.

“The faster completion allowed us to increase capacity and introduce a new model of care at an earlier stage, and benefit from operational efficiencies. The installation process went very well and the building is defect-free. The unit is allowing the Trust to achieve the highest levels of clinical care possible in any environment.”

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