The Trust is excited to announce that a programme of building work to create a Children’s Emergency Department and improve maternity and gynaecology facilities at Stoke Mandeville Hospital will begin this summer.
In 2020 the Trust won a bid for £15m of capital funding which will enable us to develop the new Children’s Emergency Department, including upgraded, expanded facilities and a new overnight observation ward. Not only will the new building provide a dedicated area for children, it will also free up much-needed capacity for adult patients in the existing emergency department, as well as reduce overcrowding and improve infection control. The plans also include new facilities to improve access to our maternity and gynaecology outpatient services in a modern, purpose-built environment.
The Trust is relocating maternity and gynaecology outpatient clinics and appointments to a temporary location in a different part of the hospital in order to facilitate the upgrades. All those affected by this will be advised in advance of their appointment.
We have taken appropriate measures to ensure a safe and high standard of care is maintained during the work to improve facilities. To maintain safe social distancing the Trust will continue to request that patients arrive no more than 10 minutes before appointments to prevent overcrowding of waiting areas.
Tina Charlton, deputy chief nurse at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We are tremendously excited to begin the work to transform and update our maternity unit and build the new Children’s Emergency Department at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. We pride ourselves on the high levels of safe and compassionate care provided by our teams and are pleased that we will be able to provide state-of-the-art facilities for those receiving care.”
Building work will begin this summer and continue until spring next year when we anticipate we will be able to open our new improved maternity and gynaecology outpatient’s department, as well as the new Children’s Emergency Department.
These improvements are part of a programme of building work taking place at the Trust to ensure that our hospital buildings and facilities offer the best healthcare environments for our patients care and staff.