We want to ensure that our patients receive great quality care in a comfortable environment and have the best possible experience.
So it is really important that our hospital buildings are in good shape to help us deliver good care.
Hinchingbrooke Hospital was built in 1983 and is one of four hospitals in the East of England affected by structural issues relating to the concrete panels used in the construction of some of the walls and roof. These panels, called Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (or RAAC for short) were reviewed in a site-wide survey carried out by structural engineers when the issue first came to light. Remedial actions were taken where any faults were detected to ensure our buildings were safe to be used.
To ensure we keep a very close eye on the issue, our Estates and Facilities team are working on an ongoing rolling programme across the affected areas of the hospital site to ensure that we can be aware of any faults as soon as they arise, implement safety measures and carry out remedial works.
Patients and visitors may have noticed that we have some construction work at the rear of our hospital site. This is to build our long-awaited Main Theatres block which will house seven state-of-the-art operating theatres and other Trust services.
As the remedial RAAC work is carried out and our construction site takes shape, there will unfortunately be some noise and disruption to services. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and we are doing all that we can to keep any disruption to a minimum, wherever we can.
Arshiya Khan, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, said: “As well as our ongoing estates work, and the redevelopment of our Theatres Block, we are looking to the future in Phase 3 of our exciting redevelopment programme, Hinchingbrooke Hospital: The Next Chapter. This is dedicated to building a new hospital on our site by 2030. We have already been working with architects on what a new hospital will look like and have been holding workshops with our staff to gather their expert view on what we need to best care for patients and how departments will link to provide a seamless patient journey. It has been great to work together to provide a hospital which will not only be a great place to work, but also provide the best facilities for our patients in the future.”
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