Two separate construction schemes within the Lincoln Wing at Leeds’s St James’s University Hospital – one involving refurbishing and updating two ageing ground floor wards to enable them to meet current clinical practice standards, improve the patient environment, and deliver lean methodology in support services, and the second to create two new decant theatres on the floor above to accommodate surgery while existing theatres are upgraded, have been successfully completed.
The projects’ smooth completion was testament – the key project partners say – to the excellent collaboration between all the members of the multidisciplinary design and construction team. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, recently visited the hospital to find out more.
St James’s University Hospital is located just outside Leeds City Centre on Beckett Street. It is reportedly Europe’s largest teaching hospital, and one of seven healthcare facilities of varying sizes operated by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in and close to Leeds. The Trust describes the hospital as ‘a major centre for high-tech patient care, teaching, and research’. The ‘flagship’ of the site is the £220 million Bexley Wing, home to the Leeds Cancer Centre, with 10 floors ‘dedicated to some of the best treatment for cancer patients available anywhere in the world’. Leeds Teaching Hospitals is also the regional centre for liver and kidney transplants, which means that anyone in Yorkshire and Humber on the waiting list for either of these organs will come to St James’s Hospital for transplant surgery. St James’s has a busy emergency department, while care for acute medical patients and older people is mainly provided on wards in the Gledhow and Chancellor’s Wings. The Lincoln Wing – where the two recent construction projects took place – houses the Geoffrey Giles and David Beevers operating theatres, an intensive care unit, a Renal Unit, and surgical wards. As well as inpatient care, St James’s Hospital provides a wide range of outpatient services, including ophthalmology, gynaecology, antenatal, diabetes, ‘and many more’.
A truly multidisciplinary, multi-partner project
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