Hospital ward renovations completed in Bath

By Jo Makosinski | Published: 26-May-2023

£2m improvements include new en-suite facilities, drainage works, and conversions across four wards

Renovations to four wards for Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath NHS Foundation Trust have been completed.

As part of the £2m works, construction partner and healthcare building specialist, Stepnell, has installed 28 new en-suites across the hospital’s Haygarth, Forrester Brown, Pierce, and Acute Stroke Unit wards.

An existing bathroom was also converted into a storeroom in the Acute Stroke Unit and additional drainage and services ancillary works were carried out. 

Additionally, new clinical utility spaces were fitted out and a disused former bathroom was converted into a new shared office space for nursing staff and junior doctors within the Acute Stroke Unit; a new private side room was built on Haygarth ward; and redecoration works, plus additional drainage and services ancillary works, were completed throughout all four wards. 

Daisy Nelson, project manager in the trust’s capital projects team, said: “These improvements are already making a real difference for the people we care for and the people we work with and we have had some great feedback from staff and patients. 

“It was especially important that the project caused minimal disruption to patients and staff while completing the works, and I am delighted that by working together we achieved this where practically possible.” 

Richard Stanford Brown, senior site manager at Stepnell, added: “Through our extensive healthcare expertise, we worked with the trust to ensure the renovations were completed as efficiently as possible and with minimal disruption, delivering the best-possible value for the trust. 

“And the outcome is excellent and will help the hospital and its staff to meet the high health and care standards for patients.”

Completed in just 23 weeks, Stepnell secured the design and build contract under the public sector-based Procure South West Framework, which is managed by the Procure Partnerships Framework (PPF). 

To complete the scheme, Stepnell undertook local supply chain spending and engaged with a local supply chain of subcontractors wherever possible. 

Rob Speirs, director at Stepnell, said: “We are continuing to see an increase in projects come through, with a significant proportion of our planned work with PPF projects to meet public sector demand. 

“Our work in Bath is a prime example of these quality works.”

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