New Discharge Lounge
We have secured £2millon from NHS England to help free up hospital beds by creating a new, larger discharge lounge facility for patients that are waiting for their medication or transport once they are medically fit to leave hospital.
We are installing a single-storey modular building that will be pre-made using modern methods of construction and then assembled on site. We are working with Premier Modular Limited, one of the UK’s most experienced modular building suppliers.
Instead of the one room that the Trust currently has, the new building will provide a much larger space for patients to stay while they wait to be discharged, freeing up beds in the meantime for patients that need to be admitted.
It will be situated in the North Wing Entrance 2 Car Park, adjacent to Bridport Road, which means that some parking spaces designated for blue badge holders and chemotherapy patients will be re-allocated elsewhere on the hospital site as part of the project.
It will provide a much larger space for patients to stay while they wait to be discharged, freeing up beds in the meantime for patients that need to be admitted. It will include a discharge lounge for 15 patients, 12 inpatient beds and four side rooms.
24 March 2023
Groundworks began in early March, including reallocating some disabled parking bays and spaces for chemotherapy patients to make way for the new building.
The building will be delivered in sections (18 in total) over four days starting on Monday 27 March. The sections will arrive on a lorry and then be craned into place on site.
The Trust is expecting up to five deliveries each day and contractors have been asked to avoid the hospital’s busiest times (8.30am-9.30am, 12.30pm-1.30pm and 4.30pm-5.30pm.)
The lorry will enter the hospital site via the main entrance on Williams Avenue and make its way up to North Wing to deliver the sections. It will then reverse back out again. During this time traffic will be managed by contractors and hospital staff, so people are advised to allow extra time as there will be traffic hold ups throughout the day.
While there will still be a few parking spaces in the lower part of the North Wing Car Park, we recommend using the multi-storey car park and spaces on the East Wing side of the hospital (which now has additional disabled parking bays below the pencil sculpture).
We apologise for the disruption and thank you for your patience.