Contractors have today (Thursday 25 August 2016) started excavations for the new multi-million pound Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU) that is being built at Walsall Manor Hospital.
The new ICCU will bring together the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU) and the High Dependency Unit (HDU) within the former West Wing main entrance. It will create an 18-bedded unit, which is an increase of five beds, and completion is scheduled for winter 2018.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust Chair Danielle Oum, Chief Executive Richard Kirby and Lead Director for Estates and Facilities Mark Sinclair joined contractors on site this lunchtime to see for themselves the excavation work for the new building’s foundations.
Mark Sinclair said: “It is fantastic to see work get underway on such a major development for the Trust that will bring significant improvements for our sickest patients and their families
“Our dedicated staff work hard to deliver the best quality care but we all recognise that the current environment they work in just not fit for purpose. The new ICCU will allow us to treat many patients in individual rooms, preventing cross infection and ensuring their dignity and privacy.
“This care setting will be so much better for their families too who should be able to spend more time with their loved ones at what is a difficult time for all concerned.
“We decommissioned the West Wing earlier in the summer and would like to thank our League of Friends volunteers who have moved their shop to a new home by Ward 29 as well as staff, patients and visitors who supported the Trust at the time.”
Mark added that the new ICCU, which will cost more than £9m, was also being welcomed by staff who worked in HDU and ITU.
“Our Critical Care Consultants have highlighted the fact that the standardisation of equipment at every bed space will mean any bed can be used for either an HDU or ITU patient, preventing them having to be moved. Each bed will have a ceiling-mounted pendant that supplies a comprehensive range of essential services including essential gases, power for equipment and IT links.
“We also believe that the new ICCU will help the Trust attract specialist staff as they will benefit from this excellent working environment.”
The ICCU will be part new build and part conversion of the former West Wing entrance.
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