New £5 million ward to be built at hospital

Scarborough Hospital prepares for further enhancements...Project Manager Chris Bennett and James Hayward  Pic Richard Ponter 141803a
Scarborough Hospital prepares for further enhancements...Project Manager Chris Bennett and James Hayward Pic Richard Ponter 141803a

Building work is due to start on a Scarborough Hospital’s latest investment - a new £5 million hospital ward.

The ward, known as Maple 2, will be build on top of the existing Maple 1 ward, which was opened in October 2010.

The new facility will have around 30 beds, more than half of which will be single rooms.

Hospital bosses say the design of the ward incorporates best practice in clinical layout and in order to try and blend in with the landscape the external appearance of the ward will be partially clad in colours to match surrounding developments.

Building work started on Monday with the ward due to open in January 2015.

It will open as a surgical facility allowing the old Haldane ward, which is located in the North Wing to close.

James Hayward, programme director - capital and infrastructure at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, explained: “The commencement of this project shows further investment in the Scarborough Hospital site.

“This is a significant capital investment by the trust to improve clinical accommodation for our patients.

“Maple 2 will not only provide top quality accommodation but will be a state-of-the-art environment designed for reducing operating costs.”

During the initial construction period Maple ward will close for approximately 20 weeks.

It will undergo a minor refurbishment to refresh the environment and patients will be relocated to other ward areas.

The building of Maple ward came about after the hospital received £2.4 million of funding in 2009.

The funding was to ensure that male and female patients could be treated in a single sex environment.

The construction of Maple Ward was at the heart of this drive to eliminate mixed sex accommodation. It was originally designed so that a further ward could be constructed on top of it, thus maximising the space available.

The main contractor is Kier, who also carried out the work on another recent investment - a new car parking area - at the Woodlands Drive site.

Just last month, the hospital unveiled an extra 262 car parking spaces for patients and visitors with a pay-on-exit system.

The extension, which cost nearly £1 million, was in response to ongoing complaints from visitors, staff and patients alike with regards to the limited parking available on site.

James Hayward told The Scarborough News that the work was just part of a series of plans to improve parking for everyone.

He explained that a lot of improvement work had been taking place regarding access and parking on site, including road improvement work around the helipad and looking at traffic flow near the main entrance.

Plans are also in place for a new 60-space parking section for blue badge holders near the main entrance.

The improvement work was well received, but there have been some recent problems with hospital staff boycotting the car park due to increased parking charges.

Mr Hayward said that there are often upwards of 580 staff parking on site and that parking and access remains one of the main priorities.

He commented: “The investment in the car park shows the solid intention of the trust to make continued and sustainable improvements for patients coming to the hospital.”