Winner announced following competition to name hospital crane

Name the crane winner Nick Day, with daughters Jessica, aged 10 and Abigail, aged 7.jpeg
Name the crane winner Nick Day, with daughters Jessica, 10 and Abigail, 7

Hinchingbrooke Hospital recently launched a competition to name the hospital crane after welcoming the arrival of a huge tower crane to take the build of the new Main Theatres Block to new heights in the redevelopment.

The crane, which is 36 metres high and has a 60-metre jib, can carry a maximum of 12 tons and can be seen across the skyline of Huntingdon and is bringing the build up to the next level in the hospital’s redevelopment plans. Many residents in the area will have noticed the crane, so the Trust recently launched a competition to name the crane.

Over 50 people entered the competition of all ages, with children coming in for hospital appointments, colouring in and submitting their entries, to adults making their suggestions. Our Theatres team had the difficult task of finding a winner and managed to narrow it down to the final three, where the staff on our hospital sites then picked their favourite.

The winner was Nick Day, aged 39 from Spalding, who suggested ‘Hinchy the Winchy’. Nick was working in Cambridgeshire when he heard about the competition on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Breakfast Show with Dotty McLeod.

Nick said: “I was on my tea break and lots of suggestions were being called out on air, so I thought I would have some fun and add my suggestion. I have recently had to visit Hinchingbrooke Hospital, so I am familiar with the site and the crane.”

Nick will now receive an artist set, which he is going to share with his two daughters, Jessica, aged 10 and Abigail, aged 7.

Jason Knaepel, Theatres Manager for Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said: “It was great fun to be able to get the public involved in our redevelopment works in this way. We were really impressed with some of the suggestions and it was a difficult task trying to pick our three favourites. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and congratulations to Nick and our runners up. We look forward to meeting you and giving out the artists sets soon.”

The two runners up will also receive a prize and will be contacted shortly.


Notes to Editors:

  • Hinchingbrooke Hospital was built in 1984 and is one of four hospitals in the East of England impacted by RAAC, which is reaching the end of its operational life. North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is currently working on a rolling programme to reinforce the roof on the main hospital site.
  • In addition to this the site is undergoing redevelopment works, which has been separated into three phases.
  • Phase 1 of the redevelopment saw the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre increase in size, with an Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), Ambulatory Assessment Unit (AAU), two mental health support rooms and an increase in Emergency Department space. This was completed in April 2021.
  • Phase 2 is the construction of the Theatres Block which will include 7 state-of-the-art theatres, with increased space for the best medical equipment, a dedicated space for paediatric recovery, automatic doors for a seamless patient journey. It will be open for patients in Autumn 2023.
  • Phase 3 will look at a new hospital build to replace the main hospital site, which is experiencing increasing issues with RAAC.


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