Author: David Ahier
A key part of the plan to construct the Future Hospital on the current site is the need to build on areas occupied by Peter Crill House, which mainly functions as an area for administration and education, and the Gwyneth Huelin Wing, which is for outpatients.
In preparation for the demolition and construction phases everything that is currently housed in these buildings will need to be relocated.
How will we achieve this?
The buildings we need to knock down contain a number of essential services such as outpatient clinics, physiotherapy, renal dialysis, eye services, day surgery, dermatology, audiology and clinical investigations.
The Future Hospital project team has been working very closely with hospital staff to assess their various needs, factoring in things like patient numbers and the number of rooms needed for any relocated services, as well as any special patient or staff requirements.
We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from our engagement sessions and whilst it has been a complicated process, the relocation plan for the clinical services has been developed consisting of three principle work streams, all of which are included in the overall costs of the Future Hospital:
- Making Space within existing buildings
We are currently looking at a number of options, including relocating catering off site. This will allow us to convert the kitchens into space for some of the clinics relocated from Gwyneth Huelin wing. This will also benefit the catering department as the kitchens on the current site are cramped with constricted access.
- Westaway Court
In order to have enough space for outpatients we will utilise Westaway Court, which is just across the Parade Gardens. This will become a permanent outpatient’s centre which will be particularly suited for Islanders with long-term conditions. Westaway Court is currently being used as accommodation for hospital staff and we are currently exploring options to relocate these to another area close to the hospital.
- Temporary Buildings
It’s essential for us to ensure that we provide for those outpatient services that need to remain on the existing General Hospital site. For example, renal dialysis outpatients may require emergency treatment and spend a lot of time in hospital so we understand the importance of them remaining onsite. You may have noticed the fully functioning temporary theatres we’ve already built in the car park on Gloucester Street. The plan is to create a new temporary outpatient block next to the temporary theatres that will be three stories high. We have already mapped out the area of the car park and we know the space is sufficient.
This image shows the full relocation plan in more detail.
Of course, our relocation project is not without its challenges! The buildings that need to be knocked down contain vital pieces of equipment that serve other parts of the hospital and these will have to be moved too. Some of this equipment is working constantly ‘behind-the-scenes’ such as ventilation plant on the roof Gwyneth Huelin Wing. We are currently drawing up detailed plans to safely move this equipment whilst ensuring that disturbance to occupied areas is minimised.
There are aspects of the hospital that we may take for granted that will be affected by the project. For example, all of the signage around the hospital will have to be changed to reflect any relocations!
As mentioned in our previous blog, patient, staff and visitor safety is paramount and we are exploring options to manage noise, vibration, dust levels and any other risks that could be encountered during the works. This includes replacing windows with better glazing, working with the fire service to ensure new escape routes are safe, and utilizing construction methods that will minimise disturbance.
We want to bring in as many local businesses as possible to deliver these works and we have outlined our plans to members of Jersey’s design and construction industry. We are already advertising locally for designers, (architects, engineers, quantity surveyors etc.) for the relocation works which will help maintain local jobs and support our local economy.
Despite the complexities of the project this is all achievable and has been done in many hospitals before. Our relocation projects are scheduled to for completion by the end of 2018 so demolition can then begin taking us a step closer to realising our Future Hospital.