Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital submits plan to guarantee future as UK’s leading orthopaedic hospital
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore has submitted a planning application which will see the site transformed to meet the needs of patients in the 21st century.
The submission is the culmination of years of work to create a physical environment that matches the hospital’s status as one of the UK’s leading orthopaedic centres.
Peter Bolton, Chair of the Patient Experience Committee, describes attending evaluation days for the PFI Project:
The Patient Group was most pleased to be invited to take part in the evaluation of the two bids for the ‘Concept Stage’ for Phase 1 of the PFI Project, in collaboration with RNOH members of staff and other user groups of the hospital. From our group, three members were invited to participate in the two events.
The brief principally required the provision of Children and Young Persons Wards, Adult Acute Wards, Spinal Cord Injury Centre, together with the entrance, Physiotherapy Department, restaurant, accessible gardens, service and staff areas, lifts and security measures.
A group of just fewer than 20 have recently completed the ASPECT Evaluation of both bidders’ proposals for Phase 1 of the new RNOH Stanmore hospital. The group consisted of representatives from each of the Clinical User Groups, the Patient Experience Committee and our Design and Clinical Champions (Tony Watson and Fred Middleton).
ASPECT, or A Staff and Patient Environment Calibration Toolkit, is a method set up by the Department of Health for scoring buildings on a series of points, the aim of which is to address the way the healthcare environment can impact the levels of satisfaction and health outcomes of patients and performance of staff.
Four stakeholder engagement workshops have taken place for the PFI Project. These were set up to develop design concepts for the gardens associated with children and young people and the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre.
The workshops were undertaken in the wards and included small groups of patients and carers as well as staff who work in the units. The two hour workshops focused on developing the bidders’ understanding of how the landscaping can contribute to the health and wellbeing of patients and carers and how the spaces can contribute to therapy activity.
Steph Williamson, deputy PFI project director said: "There was a great deal of discussion about planting, hard surfaces, play and recreation facilities, private spaces and more social spaces including barbeque areas. There were also some very interesting ideas from the children, which will challenge the landscape architects on both teams but will remain unpublished for now!"
The RNOH is hosting its second public exhibition as the Trust prepares to submit a planning application to the London Borough of Harrow (LBH) in the summer of 2012.
The public exhibition will be held in the RNOH’s Sir Herbert Seddon Teaching Centre on Wednesday 18 July from 11:00 – 21:00.
The public exhibition follows an initial consultation in April 2012 and will provide an opportunity for the local community to view and discuss the evolving proposals and any relevant considerations.
The planning application, which will be in the form of a masterplan, aims to replace the outline planning application as it no longer secures the best outcome for the Trust.