RNOH redevelopment is approved
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust has secured vital funds to begin rebuilding its facilities.
The first phase in the redevelopment of the Stanmore site was officially approved on 2nd August 2016. Construction will begin on site this month, starting with the demolition of the Patient Centre to make way for a new £40 million Inpatient ward building.
The new wards are set to be completed and open for services in summer 2018. These brand new facilities mean we will able to offer our patients something so much better; and after years of struggling up and down the infamous ward slope they deserve only the best!
Rob Hurd, Chief Executive of the RNOH, said:
The new ward block is the first step in an exciting future for the RNOH and builds upon an impeccable legacy of innovation in orthopaedics. The Stanmore name is known around the world for pioneering many of the now standard procedures and we are setting the gold standard for clinical outcomes. The support and enthusiasm shown by the staff, patients and supporters – both past and present – has brought us here and I want to say, on behalf of the RNOH, thank you. Without them, we could not have done it. We intend to be here for another 100 years, putting patients first, always”.
The Inpatient ward building will accommodate a Children and Young People’s Ward, including 27 beds with embedded therapy and education functions and an external play area to replace the current paediatric ward beds; Adult Acute Wards to include 64 beds over two floors, with embedded therapies to replace several of the current outdated adult wards; and a welcoming Main Entrance that will provide reception and waiting space plus a retail outlet and coffee shop.
There will also be a children’s activity centre within the foyer which will be fitted out with a range of toys, games and interactive technological equipment for our paediatric patients and families, funded from a charitable donation of £500,000 specifically for this purpose.
The major portion of the project will be funded from a land sales receipt when the surplus land on the West of the site is sold for residential redevelopment.
This will be the first step in a bright future for the RNOH, and it doesn’t stop there! Building works will start at the end of 2016 for the UCL / RNOH Biomedical Engineering hub, which will add facilities to develop and test new medical devices to improve patient wellbeing.
Visiting the RNOH Stanmore site recently, Lord Prior, Minister for NHS Productivity, said:
“I am delighted that the RNOH will finally have buildings and facilities that match the world-class clinical care they deliver to patients. The crucial work they carry out, from complex surgery and rehabilitation to cutting-edge research and clinical training, is shaping the future of orthopaedics in the UK and around the world. The first phase of the redevelopment will give patients the very best ward facilities and allow staff to work in an environment that matches their expertise.”
2016 is indeed set to be the year of the RNOH!
The century-old RNOH is undertaking a major redevelopment of its site in Stanmore, Middlesex. The RNOH Charity has an appeal to fund vital additional facilities and equipment for the new hospital. For more information about the RNOH Charity, including how you can support or fundraise for the hospital, visit RNOH Charity.