Work finishes at the Newham University Hospital Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre

Building work has finished on the new Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre at Newham University Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust.

The £7.2m Procure 21 project, carried out by family-owned construction, property services and civil engineering firm Osborne, involved the design and construction of new emergency care facilities. Facilities include an expanded 18 bed majors area that features dedicated cubicles for the care and treatment of patients with gynaecological and psychiatric needs, a seven bed resuscitation facility that offers specialised paediatric and isolation facilities, a GP surgery with five treatment rooms and a newly refurbished eight cubicle Urgent Care Centre (UCC).

Security has been a key focus of this project; the Trust consulted police crime prevention design advisors to ensure the building was as secure as possible. The project has won a Secure by Design Award and was the first implementer of the Design Council’s ‘Reducing Violence and Aggression in A&E project’.

The completion of the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre marks the end of a three year partnership between Osborne and Barts Health NHS Trust which also involved the construction of a new £17.5m state-of-the-art Maternity and Newborn Unit at Barts Health Newham University Hospital.

Natalie Firminger, Clinical Design and Project Manager at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “We’re delighted that this important facility has been completed in time to help us carry out our work as a relief hospital during the 2012 Olympics. The new Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre will allow us to provide the highest level of care we can to patients who need it the most, and its completion demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering quality care to the people of Newham and the surrounding boroughs.”

Elizabeth Smith, Business Unit Leader of Osborne’s healthcare team, said: “It’s hugely important that these facilities can cope with the demands placed on them, because of the severity of the cases which are treated there. The new Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centre at Barts Health Newham University Hospital will allow staff to provide this important service to patients in a facility which can cope with the growing demand placed on it by a changing demographic. We managed to complete the work within 38 weeks without sacrificing quality or compromising patient care, when on paper the project should have taken a year and a half to complete – an example of what can be achieved when a true partnership is formed.”