Patience pays off for Kingston patients
The intensive treatment (ITU) and intensive care units (ICU) in the Esher Wing, on the third floor of the Kingston Hospital, in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey, are undergoing extensive refurbishment – under the care and guidance of ME Construction. In addition, the company is carrying out work to the nearby isolation wards and staff areas.
The hospital supports some 350,000 people in the areas of Kingston, Richmond, Roehampton, Putney and East Elmbridge, via its main site in Kingston as well as via outpatients’ clinics in such places as Raynes Park, Surbiton, Queen Mary's Roehampton and Teddington. With some 520 beds, the hospital directly employs around 2,750 staff. A further 300 staff work on behalf of the Trust but are employed by contractors. In May 2013, it became the first acute Trust in south west London to gain Foundation Trust status.
Commenced in December 2014, the £432,000 refurbishment project – under the control of ME Construction’s Sean Franks (Project Manager) and Mark Russell (Quantity Surveyor) - is progressing in available all areas.
Andy Howell, ME Construction’s Contracts Manager stated “It’s very much a ‘live site’ – so we have to take a great deal of care to work around patients and staff all of the time. Of course, it would be wrong to prevent patients getting the treatment they need, so their needs – and safety – always come first.”
“In this project, logistics are key because we’re working in ‘live’, sensitive wards,” he adds. “In addition to concentrating on the demands of the job, we have to maintain access for staff and patients at all times. We also have to be aware of security issues, keep the site as clean as possible and keep noise to a minimum. It’s vital that we let the hospital staff do their work – as well as ensuring we do ours.”
Key aspects of this project – the first that ME Construction has done for the Kingston upon Thames NHS Trust - involve installing new electrical and mechanical equipment; ceilings and partitions, as well as medical grade furniture for the nurses’ station there.