Lister’s new ward and theatres blocks start to take shape

The foundations have long been laid and now the Lister’s new £39 million ward and theatre blocks are taking shape rapidly and are on track to open to patients by the end of 2014.

These two important new facilities comprise:

  • An £18.6 million new block at the front of the hospital, built over two floors and house 62 inpatients beds – 50% of which will be in single ensuite rooms;
  • A £20.5 million new theatres and endoscopy block, which is being built as an extension to the current theatres unit towards the rear of hospital and will  also include an elective admissions unit;Lister's new theatres block taking shape at the rear of the hospital

The new services being created at the Lister, which will be ready for patients to use by the end of 2014, represent the final major outstanding elements that will complete the hospital’s £150 million transformation in to the main inpatient and emergency service for the people of east, south and north Hertfordshire, as well as parts of Bedfordshire. At the same time, the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is overseeing the creation of the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City, which will open in Spring 2015.

The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said: “With building work on the Lister’s new ward and theatres blocks having been underway for some months now, the new facilities are beginning to take shape. Whilst it’s great to see the progress being made, we’ve also been turning our attention to the planning that will be required to make sure our new services are ready for patients to use them come the end of next year.

“Over the next 12 months, a significant number of our staff across the Lister and QEII will be involved in a consultation process that will support the bringing together of services located currently at both the QEII and Lister in to the new facilities that we’re in the process of creating at the Lister.

New ward block at the Lister making good progress

“Once this transformation is completed and the New QEII Hospital is also up and running, we will have created emergency and inpatient services at the Lister that will be amongst the best to be found anywhere in the NHS. At the same time, through economies of scale, these changes will deliver significant savings in running costs, amounting to £6 million annually – thus showing once again that service quality can be improved whilst at the same time being more efficient for the taxpayer.”

The ward and theatres blocks are two of 11 projects that form part of the Trust’s overall £75 million phase four redevelopment of the Lister. Each is on track to be completed by at least the end of 2014, which is when the Lister will become the main centre for inpatient and emergency services for all of east and north Hertfordshire, as well as parts of Bedfordshire.