Lister’s new £18.6 million ward block set to open to patients

The Trust’s contractors – Integrated Health Projects – have completed the building of the Lister’s new £18.6 million 62-bed ward block. It is now being prepared by the Trust’s staff so that it is ready to take its first patients from early July 2014. The new ward block will have:

•  An acute medical unit on the ground floor with 24 beds and 14 specialist trolleys that will be used by staff to manage acutely unwell patients referred by GPs, as well as those transferred from the Lister’s new emergency department. This facility opens on 10 July 2014;
•  The block’s first floor, which will have 38 beds, provides a new acute cardiac unit with facilities for treating cardiology patients that opens on 8 July 2014;
•  Over 50% of inpatients in the block will have access to their own en suite bathroom.

Lister's new £18.6 million, 62-bedded ward block, which opens to patients from  8-10 July 2014

Lister’s new £18.6 million, 62-bedded ward block, which opens to patients from 8-10 July 2014

Commenting on the news, the Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, said:

“Situated at the front of the hospital, our new ward block is a very visual reminder to everyone –       patients and staff – of the fantastic new services being created here at the Lister, which rapidly is       being transformed in to our main specialist hospital for emergency and inpatient care. The ward         block is situated next to the new £19 million emergency department, which opens fully in October     2014 and the Hertfordshire Cardiology Centre, thus creating the Lister’s emergency hub.

“We know from the very successful changes made already to the Trust’s maternity and emergency   surgery services that it is possible to redesign clinical services in ways that provide our patients           with better care and improved experience, whilst costing less money to run. For example our new     maternity unit is already proving very popular with new mothers and staff alike, yet saves £1               million a year in running costs alone.”

Project Manager from Integrated Health Projects, Andy Broumpton, commented:

“As every phase and stage of the build at Lister takes shape, the project team is able to witness the tangible results it brings to the hospital. An early completion of the ward block means that patients will soon be treated, while clinicians can start to do what they do best – administer treatment and care.”

The new services being created at the Lister, which also include a £20.5 million new operating theatres and endoscopy block to the rear of the hospital, will be ready for patients to use by October 2014. Between them, they represent the final major outstanding elements that will complete the Lister’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.

The new unit is also adjacent to the recently expanded Hertfordshire Cardiology Centre, which houses the Trust’s two cardiac catheterisation laboratories and its new 24/7 heart attack centre, as well as the new emergency department being created currently. This makes the ward block ideally placed to manage the increased number of acutely unwell patients that will be treated at the Lister as remaining inpatient and emergency services transfer up from the QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City in October 2014.

The ward block is one 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 the end of 2014.

At the same time the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is building the New QEII Hospital, a £30 million facility that will provide a wide range of outpatient, diagnostic and ante/post natal services, as well as a 24/7 urgent care centre service when it opens in Spring 2015.

Other major projects that comprise the Lister’s phase four redevelopment include:

• £20.5 million theatres and endoscopy block – construction due to complete in September 2014;
• £19.5 million emergency department – construction under way and due for completion by October 2014;
• £2.1 million critical care unit expansion (completed November 2012)
• £2.2 million refurbishment of ward 11A (completed October 2011)
• £0.9 million ward 7A refurbishment (completed December 2012)
• £3.0 million Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre (completed June 2014)