GRAHAM Construction has been chosen as main contractor for two Scottish hospital projects.
Firstly, GRAHAM has been appointed to refurbish the critical care and theatre suites at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness. The original building was constructed in 1980 and will be transformed with a major refurbishment to meet modern healthcare standards and requirements. A new purpose built Critical Care Unit (CCU) will bring all critical care services into one area over two floors.
GRAHAM will also renew operating theatres at the hospital which services the population of the Highlands (NHS Highland) as well as Moray (NHS Grampian) and the Western Isles (NHS Western Isles). The work will include the redevelopment and upgrade of the theatre block and will be carried out in order to meet modern health care standards.
Gary Holmes, regional director at GRAHAM Construction said, “GRAHAM Construction has significant experience in delivering modern healthcare facilities and we are looking forward to working closely with NHS Scotland. This state-of-the-art facility will be critical to the healthcare needs of the Highlands and will be a fantastic addition to the local health services.”
Charles Bloe, NHS Highland, Clinical Ward Manager, said, “The current CCU is located a considerable distance from the emergency department where we accept and transfer many patients. As part of the tower block reconfiguration, the CCU will move down to the ground floor making it much more accessible to staff.
“The senior nursing staff have been able to add their clinical expertise during the planning of the new department and this has been invaluable to ensure the structure and design of the new department reflects the needs of both staff and patients.”
This project is being delivered under the HFS2 Framework which is delivering design, development and construction projects across Scotland for the NHS over the next six years.
GRAHAM has also been appointed main contractor on the new Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) in Stratheden Hospital, Fife. The new energy-efficient IPCU developed within the NHS Fife improvement plan of “Getting Better in Fife” will provide care for highly-vulnerable patients at the hospital near Cupar.
The new facilities will include eight en-suite single bedrooms, space for therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, communal lounge and dining accommodation, visiting and staff areas, consulting and meeting rooms as well as secure external grounds.
The build will bring additional features to ensure security for patients and staff, using bio-dynamic lighting, nurse call systems, access control and CCTV.
The replacement of the existing unit with purpose-built accommodation is a crucial part of the strategy to improve mental health services in Fife. The new unit will ensure that patients can be cared for in a tranquil, therapeutic setting designed to support recovery and result in earlier discharge.
Alan Wilson, Estates Manager for NHS Fife said, “NHS Fife is looking forward to working with GRAHAM Construction in the delivery of this facility and are confident that it will bring great benefits to both patients and staff. The design concept will promote a safe and therapeutic environment for the delivery of first class patient care.”