Chester, June 2009, delighted staff at the Countess of Chester paediatric unit today opened the doors to their new baby – a £2m state of the art maternity and paediatric facility ‐ one of the first areas to benefit from the Trust's £10m per annum ward improvement programme. Young patients from the local and wider area are set to see the huge benefits for Chester of having first class paediatric facilities, the completion of which is the result of months of hard labour by contractors Read Construction Holdings Ltd.
The new purpose built, fully integrated Children's Unit will deliver improved patient care, additional single room and cubicle facilities as well as improved measures to safeguard children. It also offers a safer environment for patients and staff, modern features such as electronic blinds fitted inside the glass of windows to promote infection control and avoid tampering, and a relaxed environment for patients, parents and guardians.
Women & Children's Services Manager, Jackie Blundell, said: "The Children's Unit has been redesigned to improve the layout and as it now incorporates the Paediatric outpatients department it has become a fully integrated unit. All bathrooms, ward areas and working areas have been totally refurbished to a high standard including new windows and better ventilation." She added: "This will benefit all children and parents/carers who need to use the facilities and all staff who work within the department by gaining centralisation of resources, improving work flow and working environment. The unit is in an improved location with space in critical care areas and allows for the effective utilisation of staff within the integrated unit."
The building was completed and handed over this week by Read Construction Holdings Ltd whose long relationship with the hospital has seen them complete projects totalling over £4.4million. “Working within a hospital environment requires a high degree of planning, liaison, and sympathetic working practices to ensure building work is completed on time and in budget but with the minimum of fuss and disruption to patients and staff.” Explained Read MD Richard Heaton. “We take great pride in the success of our projects for the Countess Of Chester Trust and our strong relationship with them.”
The relationship became even more personal when Read Site Manager Lee Bell had his son delivered in an emergency caesarean at the unit and required intensive care. Lee worked together with brother Jay, also a Site Manager for Read to raise several thousand pounds in funds for the unit following his son’s successful treatment so it was fitting that Jay should have been Site Manager for the Unit’s massive refurbishment project.
“Read’s Site Manager Jay Bell and his team have been very sensitive to the needs of an operational unit during the construction and often had to stop or delay work to accommodate our immediate patient care requirements within the department.” Explained Jackie Blundell.
Staff including Women & Children's General Manager, Sarah Hoyle, Paediatric Consultant, Dr Ravi Jayaram and Department Manager Irene Ratchford greeted Milly Clare, the first patient through the doors, and presented her with a book token in honour of the occasion. Handing over the unit Jay Bell reiterated his family’s belief in the importance of supporting the hospital.
“These are fantastic facilities and our family knows exactly how important they are so we encourage everyone to support the hospital’s fundraising appeal in any way they can. You never know when it may be your family in need.”
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