Hospital’s £29 million facelift is complete

FIT FOR THE FUTURE -- Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen (right) officially opens the new-look Highbury Hospital with (from left) Professor Mike Cooke, chief executive of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Professor Dean Fathers, chairman of the Trust, and Simon Smith.

FIT FOR THE FUTURE -- Bulwell Labour MP Graham Allen (right) officially opens the new-look Highbury Hospital with (from left) Professor Mike Cooke, chief executive of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Professor Dean Fathers, chairman of the Trust, and Simon Smith.

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THE FINAL stage of a £29 million redevelopment of Highbury Hospital in Bulwell has been officially unveiled.

The long-running project at the site on Highbury Road started back in 2004 with the help of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) — a joint scheme involving the government, through the NHS, and private firms.

The demolition of the old Victorian ‘H’ block was undertaken and a new wing. primarily for older patients, was constructed to provide clinic and consultation rooms, team offices, meeting rooms and a new Conference Hall.

In 2008, the existing Lady Middleton and Carlton wards were completely refurbished and renamed Redwood 1 (male only) and Redwood 2 (female only), each providing 16 single ensuite rooms, day spaces and outdoor areas.

This phase also created a new therapy area and intensive care unit.

Adult mental-health patients moved from a ward at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and Lister Ward from The Wells Road Centre in St Ann’s, Nottingham, into the new accommodation at Highbury in April.

Other developments in this final phase included the new reception, new dining area with improved kitchen, landscaped gardens and car parks.

Bulwell MP Graham Allen was given the job of unveiling a plaque to mark the completion of the scheme.

He said: “I’m so pleased that this development has now been completed as it will, undoubtedly, have such an impact on patient care. It will massively improve their care environment, privacy and dignity.

“I understand that, already, formal and informal feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

“This programme has resulted in a new, modern, high-quality hospital which can only benefit my constituents of Nottingham North as well as Nottingham residents as a whole.”

Simon Smith, executive director of local services with Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “The overall project has resulted in modern, purpose-built facilities for our patients, with significant improvements in the care environment.

“A huge amount of co-operation was required from all involved to make this project a success.

“We have already seen the benefits of these new and improved facilities, which are helping teams to deliver the highest standards of care to people who use our services.”