New 32-bed ward built at West Suffolk Hospital
- Credit: Darwin Group
A new 32-bed ward has been built at West Suffolk Hospital while urgent repair works take place.
The decant ward was built by the Darwin Group over 18 weeks, with the two-storey building linked to the existing hospital building.
It consists of six bedded bays, with two ensuite rooms, nurse bases, a staff room and changing rooms.
Tony Floyde, senior project manager at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said he is "very pleased" with the huge but essential undertaking.
He said: "The construction of the West Suffolk Hospital’s new decant ward has been a huge undertaking and we are very pleased it has been completed within the tight time frame set.
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"It was essential that our construction partner could work flexibly to accommodate our needs and we now have a fully functioning, healthcare compliant ward.
"We are very pleased with the result; the new facility is a high-spec and efficient solution for our staff and patients and will help us continue to provide high quality care.”
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Charles Pierce, managing director at Darwin Group, added: “We are very proud to have delivered such an important project for West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
"Our skilled in-house team has taken time to consider the needs of the staff and patients at the hospital – working collaboratively to deliver the ward in just 18 weeks, providing a modern space for patients.”