The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has appointed Integrated Health Projects (IHP) as its design and construction partner to progress its Hospitals Transformation Programme (HTP).
IHP says the Trust chose the framework as its procurement route after a mini-competition from Lot 3 of the Construction Works and Associated Services 2 / ProCure23 framework as it was specifically designed for the health sector. The development, design, construction, and FM specialist says it will support the Trust as it prepares to take the HTP plans through the final stage of the national approval process and ‘transform acute hospital services for its communities’. Preparatory works are expected to start on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site this month.
IHP said: “The plans will mean that the population of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and mid-Wales will benefit from high-quality, sustainable care, and fewer delays for treatment for everyone, at two thriving hospital sites.” The transformation plans have been developed by clinicians. The Telford site will specialise in planned care, and the Shrewsbury site in emergency care.
IHPP says that the benefits for patients will include:
- Planned care services in Telford will be available throughout the year, leading to fewer cancellations and delays for operations
- Enhanced urgent care services will be available ‘24/7’ on both hospital sites.
- Improved emergency care services delivered from a new, purpose-built Emergency Department in Shrewsbury, meaning patients will be seen more quickly, with shorter stays and faster ambulance handover times.
Dr Ed Rysdale, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Clinical Lead for the Hospitals Transformation Programme, said: “I’m excited that we are moving ever closer to delivering our vision of two thriving hospital sites. This is so much more than building works. This is about fundamentally improving care for all the communities we serve through better pathways and joined-up care between our services. This is an important step forward for the programme, and it is exciting to be able to welcome our contractors on site as they prepare for the necessary enabling works.
“We are pleased to be working with IHP, who bring a wealth of experience in large-scale construction, as well as offering genuine opportunities for local businesses. We will be continuing to keep local communities and clinicians involved at every stage of the works, to help design a positive experience for everyone.”