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Chris Bell

Chris Bell
Director of Estates and Facilities


I would like to use this week's message to update you on some of the estates works taking place across the Trust. You will no doubt have seen there is lots happening and after the pressures and challenges of Covid throughout the last few months, it is good to have some positive updates to share.

At St Peter's Hospital the big development is, of course, the new multi-storey car park. You will see that our contractors, Vinci, have made great progress with this and over the summer the new car park has rapidly risen!

We are planning to open it at the start of September for staff, which will support us in returning the final parts of the West Site to Cala; the areas we have temporarily borrowed for parking.

From 1st September there will be no staff parking available on the Cala site. You will see that Cala are progressing rapidly with their works and the old chimney in the estates yard will come down in the next couple of weeks.


The new car park has seven half levels. The bottom three levels are for staff. The level opposite the main entrance is for Blue Badge visitors and a drop-off zone and the remaining areas are for our patients and visitors. It will operate differently and use a number plate recognition system for all users, although staff will still need to display their permits. We will ensure that everything is operating smoothly before opening up the car park to patients and visitors, around the third week of September. An improved car parking solution for St Peter's has been long awaited, so this is an exciting development and one we hope will make it much easier for those coming to work on site.

Elsewhere on the St Peter's site we will be undertaking works to improve the outside seating space at the Postgraduate Centre. We have received a £50k grant from NHS Charities Together which is fantastic news and the money will be specifically spent on making improvements to outside rest areas for colleauges. This is one of our priorities to both support staff in taking proper breaks and provide rest environments that enable good social distancing. We will also shortly have an update to share on the new catering and retail facilities. In light of Covid our plans associated with this major development have needed to change, but we have some new and exciting ideas in development. I'll update you as soon as I am able to.

To support the recovery and restoration of services we will be installing two new endoscopy modular units behind the InHealth catheterisation lab at St Peter's. At Ashford we are continuing our theatres modernisation work. This includes the provision of an additional permanent theatre and installing two new modular theatres at the back of the hospital, to support increased elective activity. We have also installed an additional CT scanner in a modular building behind the imaging department at Ashford, to help us catch up and manage diagnostic demand.

Going forward we have some other exciting ideas and plans in the pipeline, particularly to improve the Urgent Treatment Centre and create additional bed spaces. As these plans develop I will keep you updated on progress.

I hope you've found this brief estates update helpful. With best wishes for a good week ahead,

Chris Bell
Director of Estates and Facilities


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