MWD Healthcare has been appointed to build a new purpose-built Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, in its first NHS ProCure23 win.
The partnership between Mace and Willmott Dixon secured a place earlier this year across all three lots of the healthcare framework. Work on the new 17,000 m2 purpose-built facility is planned to start in 2023. Replacing the hospital’s current Emergency Department, it will offer new facilities for the most unwell patients, and same day emergency care to reduce waiting times – particularly for patients who need to be treated, but not admitted to hospital.
The new Centre will include ‘state-of-the art’ diagnostic equipment to support faster diagnosis, and new interventional radiology theatres and surgical theatres to treat patients more quickly and improve patient outcomes.
Neal Stephens, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the West Country, said: “We’re delighted to be chosen for this major project, our first as part of the alliance with Mace for the ProCure23 framework. This collaboration gives customers like University Hospitals Plymouth access to some of the best healthcare skills in the industry. Also, as a local company with offices in Exeter and Plymouth, we’re very much looking forward to being part of an exciting new chapter for Derriford to support the health needs of Devon, Cornwall and beyond. A major focus will be on ensuring that our work sustains local jobs and supports SMEs across the region, as well as providing upskilling opportunities.”
Stuart Windsor, Future Hospital director at University Hospitals Plymouth, said: “We are really delighted to have partnered with Mace Willmott Dixon Healthcare to deliver this vital new facility for our patients, our staff, and the people of Plymouth, Devon, and Cornwall, as part of the New Hospitals Programme. The new facility is urgently needed to cope with the growing demand for urgent care services. Derriford Hospital is the largest specialist teaching hospital in the South West peninsula, and the region’s major trauma centre, so we’re very pleased to make the announcement today about the appointment of our construction partner, and to take the next step on this important journey.”