Royal Preston Hospital - Critical Care Department

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Key Info


Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust





Completion Date

March 2021

What We Did

This scheme sees the Expansion of Critical Care for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals at Royal Preston Hospital. The project sought to  provide much needed new bed capacity and a modern environment for staff and patients. Carried out over four phases the scheme included an extension and extensive remodelling of a dilapidated part of the existing estate to transform the tired building into a new 14 bed state-of-the-art Critical Care Unit. The scheme was designed to enable the department to continue to operate fully whilst the existing unit is upgrade and remodelled into a fully HTM complaint world class facility. 

Phase 1 of the project provided a two storey wrap around extension to deliver 14 new Critical Care beds including two full Isolation Rooms with associated airlock, additional office support space for visiting staff. Additionally, a new staircase provided access to the existing first floor ward as well as access to the new first floor plant room.  Following works to the extension, Phase 2 of the works focused on the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the existing building to provide a new Reception and large waiting area, kitchen and counselling rooms, additional visitors facilities, and large central store. Phase 3 and 4 of the phased project included the full refurbishment of the existing critical care department to provide 20 refurbished critical care beds and associated utility rooms, near patient testing, pantry, clinical skills Room, offices, staff changing, staff room (including staff WC and shower), staff one to one Room and staff quiet room. 

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the works were accelerated to bring these beds on line several months ahead of schedule.  This was only achieve by the Contractor working 24/7 for the final two months of the scheme together with fantastic collaboration of all teams involved.