Major £19million A&E improvements for Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital includes kids’ emergency department

EDN adA major £19 million package of work to deliver an extension and programme of improvements to the A&E department at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) is set to start.

Morgan Sindall Construction said it has been chosen as the main contractor by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for a new build to provide a modern healthcare facility for Exeter and East Devon.

The new 3,500 square metre, three-storey development, adjacent to the current Barrack Road building, will allow the hospital to expand its clinical services, to include:

  • Eight new resuscitation bays
  • A specialist children’s emergency department with paediatric bays and a separate reception area.
  • Relocating the current fracture clinic from the main building.
  • A new operating theatre.
  • A specialist bereavement suite complete with a private garden.
  • Five extra ambulance bays and new road design to help lower the response time for emergency vehicles.

In addition, the contractor will build a £4million four-storey building specifically for intensive care unit equipment.

All of the works will be phased to allow for the continued operation of the existing facilities.

Both of the existing emergency department main entrances will be temporarily relocated to remain accessible for patients, visitors and staff.

Brian Rice, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We are very proud to be delivering this key project for Royal Devon and Exeter Foundations NHS Trust.

“The expansion will add vital extra emergency capacity to a hospital which so many communities in the region depend on.

“At a time when the importance of our NHS has been brought into sharp focus, everyone involved in this project feels the responsibility to deliver.”

He added: “We’re well versed with the requirements of working around a live hospital site and will be collaborating with a skilled local supply chain to ensure the work is carried out safely and efficiently.”

Morgan Sindall Construction said the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust selected the firm as the main contractor for the project through the Southern Construction Framework, run by Hampshire and Devon county councils.

Plans were submitted to expand the RD&E hospital’s A&E last year, due to ‘significant service pressures’, the construction company said.

The firm said it plans to ‘efficiently deliver’ a phased programme of work alongside a busy live healthcare facility.

A Morgan Sindall Construction spokesperson said: “The new three-storey development will be located adjacent to the current building on Barrack Road. At 3,500 square metres, the building will enable the hospital to expand its clinical services with a state-of-the-art treatment environment. As a teaching hospital, it will also provide high-quality education and training space for future generations of medical students.

“Inside will be eight new resuscitation bays, which will be served by a new plant room. There will also be a specialist children’s emergency department with paediatric bays, and a separate reception area, housing a larger waiting area with natural light.

“The current fracture clinic will be relocated from the main building, and an operating theatre built in its place. There will also be a renewed specialist bereavement suite complete with tranquil garden space, offering privacy and comfort for families and loved-ones.

“Outside, there will be five additional ambulance bays to add extra emergency capacity. There are also plans for a new road configuration to help lower the response time for emergency vehicles.

“Separately to the emergency department works, the main contractor has also been selected to deliver a new four-storey building to house a new ICU plant room. Valued at £4 million, the steel-framed building will be used to hold equipment including chillers and air handling units for heating and ventilation, which are vital to keeping the ICU running safely and efficiently.”

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