RFH Therapies Unit

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Project Name: Royal Free Therapies Reconfiguration

Location: The Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London, NW3 2QG

Value: £302k

Principal Consultants: Ansell & Bailey, Currie & Brown, Ellis Building Services, Alpine Works Ltd

Project Duration: 24 weeks

The Royal Free Hospital’s Therapy Service ethos is to treat patients of all ages with a wide range of physical and psychological problems helping them to remain as independent as possible. Through education, empowerment and active participation, the Therapies department actively encourages patients’ involvement in their care.

The department, located on the ground floor behind the very A&E department, required full refurbishment which was undertaken in three phases.

Phase 1: Refurbishment of the existing space to form two new consulting rooms. Phase 1 also includes the recant of the existing consulting rooms to the new spaces to release the next phase.

Phase 2: Refurbishment of the old consulting rooms and corridor link to form a new reception area and link corridor, with new disabled person accessible counter and security shutter.

Phase 2 also includes the recant of the existing reception team to the new space to release the final phase.

Phase 3: Full refurbishment of the existing space to form a new administration area and a separate meeting room.

Key challenges:
Due to the department being located directly adjacent to the busy A&E area, it was essential that the Therapies refurbishment was carried out both on programme and to budget and important that it was handed over snag and defect free to the client.

It was also essential that the recants were carefully planned to avoid any disruption to the department during the project.

This was a complex project undertaken within in one of London's busiest hospitals. All recants were carefully planned so as to avoid any disruption to the department and patients during the works.