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Acute Medical Care, Maternity and Paediatrics

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Watford General Hospital, West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust

Description: The project involved the remodelling and refurbishment of Level 3 PMoK Building and Level 1 Maternity Building, enabling Paediatrics to move from PMoK to Maternity, with the provision of a new stroke unit in PMoK. The work was carried out in five phases - form temporary CCU, form new CCU, form temporary 24/48 hour beds, form new Paediatric Ward, form new stroke unit and 24/48 bed areas.
Procurement: EC Contract Option C Target Cost
Value: £2.7m
Programme: 46 weeks


In line with it’s zoning of care strategy, the Trust wished to centralise and increase the medical care bed compliment and to co-locate Paediatrics and Maternity Services.


The acute beds managed by the Trust are based in two buildings on the Watford General site. The seven storey Princess Michael of Kent Block (PMoK) in the middle of the hospital houses A&E, outpatients, main theatres and day surgery. The majority of the clinical support functions are either within or attached to PMoK. The second building is the Maternity Block, which contains the Gynaecological and Maternity Wards and theatre, SCUBU and a low dependency medical ward of 20 beds. The site has poor access and is very constrained. There was to be no disruption to the delivery of clinical services throughout the decant and construction stages.


The project provided the opportunity to create a new Acute Medical Facility of 34 beds. The facility has a 16 bedded 24/48 hour stay ward and an 18 bedded Stroke Unit located in the main acute building. Full involvement with users and the design team from the outset ensured that decant arrangements, working methods and programme were comprehensively detailed in advance of any works being carried out.


The new facilities enable faster throughout, better patient focused care and much more efficient use of nursing compliment.

Principle Supply Chain Partner: Medicinq
Architects and M&E Designers: Frankham Consultancy Group
Cost Manager: Currie and Brown