Darwin Group delivers new decant ward

Modular facility will enable planned maintenance works at West Suffolk Hospital

The new decamp ward at West Suffolk Hospital was delivered in just 18 weeks using offsite construction methods

Modular construction specialist, Darwin Group, has completed a new, fully-integrated decant ward – scaling 1,474 sq m – for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

Completed in 18 weeks, the ward was built using modern methods of construction and will provisionally accommodate existing patients, while the rest of the West Suffolk Hospital building undergoes planned maintenance works.

The two-storey build consists of 32 beds, with six bays and two single en-suite rooms which are linked to the existing hospital, allowing for efficient patient transportation.

It also houses support accommodation, including two large centralised nurse bases, utilities, and staff rest and changing rooms.

Darwin Group’s in-house team used its unique turnkey service to deliver all stages of this project, from start to finish. This allowed the project to be handed over within the tight timescale and with minimal disruption to the live hospital environment.

Tony Floyde, senior project manager at the trust, said: “The construction of the West Suffolk Hospital’s new decant ward has been a huge undertaking and we are very pleased it has been completed within the tight timeframe set.

“It was essential that our construction partner could work flexibly to accommodate our needs and we now have a fully-functioning, healthcare-compliant ward.

“We are very pleased with the result; the new facility is a high-spec and efficient solution for our staff and patients and will help us continue to provide high-quality care.”

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