Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust wanted to modernise facilities and increase the capacity of its Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) to create a centre of excellence for neonatal care.
In 2013, a project team was assembled to progress a refurbishment of the existing SCBU, located on the main hospital site. A number of options were considered by the team, however these were dependent on affordability, phasing and delivering continuity of care.
Following the selection of its strategic estates partner, the Trust utilised the expertise of Interserve Prime to deliver the major refurbishment programme at pace and within an agreed budget.
The team undertook due diligence and made recommendations on the preferred design for the SCBU. These plans would efficiently reconfigure the existing SCBU to meet the ambitions of the Trust, and create a temporary SCBU for interim and future use.
Throughout the project, regular user group meetings were held to agree recommendations for the preferred design and to review the latest thinking and products which could be incorporated into the facility.
Once the refurbishment work had been completed, the temporary SCBU would be used to create dedicated family rooms and private bays for the unit.
The chosen design incorporates two High Dependency Units equipped with ceiling mounted pendants, two isolation cot rooms - each capable of taking twins - a four cot nursery with associated nurse office and reception, an accessible WC and milk preparation kitchen, as well as drugs, consumables and linen stores.
The revised design, phasing, programme and updated cost plan were approved by the Trust board within eight weeks and revised planning permission was achieved shortly after. This allowed the partnership to press ahead with a four phase approach to the development; phase one was the enabling works, phase two was to build the temporary SCBU to decant staff and patients into, phase three was to carry out the major refurbishment work and expansion of the original SCBU facility and phase four was the transformation of the temporary SCBU into additional neonatal and maternity facilities. Phases one to three of the project were completed in just 13 months.
- Overcomes the challenge of refurbishment projects on a live site – Careful and detailed planning of the works were divided into four main phases, which in turn were broken down into further stages to enable the sequence of work to be communicated to the users and Estates team. This meant work progressed and could be completed while staff continued to deliver high quality care, without any disruption to service delivery.
- Effective masterplanning doubles size of neonatal ward – Due to the high specification of the temporary SCBU, this will now be transformed to provide a new day assessment room, family rooms and additional cot rooms to cope with increasing demand.
- High quality, first class facility incorporates the latest innovations and materials – Innovative roll up screens were incorporated into the nursery for privacy and dignity, yet allowing effective staff monitoring. Pre-fabricated and pre-plumbed Hygipods (inbuilt basin areas) were specified for fast installation while being infection free and easy to clean.
- Additional capacity and capability enables change to be delivered at pace – Phases one to three of the project were able to progress within 13 months due to the development expertise of Interserve Prime, the clinical knowledge of the in-house estates team, and use of the Yeovil Estate Partnership’s pre-approved supply chain to get work commissioned quickly.