HRH The Princess Royal officially opens Emergency Care Pathways

November 1, 2018

Following a period of work at St Thomas’ Hospital in Westminster, we are pleased to announce that the completion of the A&E refurbishment scheme, known as the Emergency Care Pathways project, has been officially celebrated with a formal opening ceremony, attended and unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal on Tuesday 30th October.

The Princess Royal took a tour of the revitalised Accident and Emergency Department, visiting patients and meeting the clinical teams that have benefitted from the regeneration. Following the tour, she met those who were involved throughout the project, including our very own William Logan, Managing Director and Tony Kemp, Contracts Director. She was then invited to officially open the department, unveiling a plaque.

The Emergency Care Pathways scheme established a new benchmark for Logan, not only is this scheme the longest delivery programme we have undertaken, but it is also the largest value project we have worked on to date. The Trust bucked the trend and entrusted Logan with a project that historically may have been given to a ‘Tier 1 Contractor’, believing in our experience, commitment and ability to deliver.

The areas of the department delivered across each of the phases included:

  • A new admissions ward offering 62 new beds and ensuite facilities
  • New majors area with more efficient layout
  • Revised emergency department entrance, reception and waiting area
  • An Urgent Care Centre, designed to treat patients with less serious conditions
  • Resus area with dedicated isolation areas
  • New paediatric department and short stay unit
  • Fantastic artwork across the department that helps patients and families navigate and understand the processes and procedures of emergency care

Throughout the entire programme of works, the department remained operational 24/7 and the main project phasing was subject to continual review to enable this to happen. Multiple channels of regular communication occurred between all stakeholders including with architect ADP, project managers MACE and the on site Clinical Teams who provided feedback and lessons learnt after each phase that we took forward. The redevelopment of the A&E project as a whole has certainly been a challenging scheme for our team but one overcome via collaboration and trust.

Now, with 4,400 m2 of remodelled space to work in, the new A&E department is futureproofed to cope with its projected year on year increase in patient intake. The department can now manage the 420 patients it sees presently on average per day in a more efficient manner and critically, reduce the waiting times for people attending the A&E. Patients are able to access all the services they need faster, with all A&E facilities in a single area of the hospital and a clear pathway through the emergency department apparent from arrival at registration.

The wider industry has recognised what has been achieved at St Thomas’ Hospital via national award schemes, including at the NEC Contracts Awards and IHEEM Healthcare Estates Awards.

Our work at St Thomas’ Hospital has not finished with this scheme, we are also currently working on the refurbishment of the Hand Trauma Unit and a Clinical Research Facility in the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.

Our commitment to successfully delivering and even exceeding the client’s expectations embodies the ethos and capabilities of our Company and we look forward a continued relationship with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.