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London Bridge Hospital begins major £15 million upgrade programme

08 September 2009

Work has begun on one of the largest developments at London Bridge Hospital since it opened 23 years ago. The £15 million scheme will create two new state of the art integrated operating theatres on the ground floor, a new Intensive Care Unit and 14 new in-patient rooms plus a range of other new facilities.

The whole of the hospital’s second floor is being refurbished with inpatient rooms being reconfigured and redecorated with new shower/wet rooms.  Additional work is also being carried out on part of the 5th floor.  Contemporary design and heightened awareness of the need for durable, clean surfaces have given us the opportunity to take a step change in the hospital’s look and finishes.

A later phase of the work will include the reconfiguration of the ground floor of Emblem House which is opposite the main hospital entrance.  This will result in the outpatient building having new reception and registration area, a new pharmacy and cashiers department, all designed to be more convenient for patients..

Hospital Chief Executive John Reay said the development programme needed to meet increasing demand for more complex procedures and to improve patient areas.  “We are delighted to have been given the go ahead for this major project.  Demand for our acute and tertiary care services has been increasing year on year and the pressure on theatre time has been especially difficult,” he said.

“We cannot build externally so what we are doing is to redesign some areas and make better use of the existing space.  The two new theatres and ITU are especially important and new reception facilities will be more convenient for our patients,” said Mr Reay.  “Our staff will have new facilities too and the work is scheduled to be completed in July next year.  We very much hope that we can keep disruption to the minimum over the next few months.”

This development follows a £20 million pound investment programme over the past five years which has seen the addition of new diagnostic and treatment technology, including the hospital’s fifth MRI and the launching of a range of new clinical services for patients.