Five years ago the Whittington embarked on an ambitious site redevelopment programme to modernise its facilities. We are delighted that stage one of the programmes, which involve the relocation of many of our clinical services into a large new building, have now been completed.
The new building will house:
a ‘state of the art’ x-ray department
a medical assessment unit
a critical care ward
a cardiology ward
a respiratory ward
oncology inpatient and chemotherapy day care facilities
a thalassaemia unit
Undergraduate teaching facilities, retail outlets and the restaurant will also move to the new wing. The hospital’s main entrance will move to Magdala Avenue, with access to the emergency department remaining on Highgate Hill.
The new building is modern, clean and light, and is equipped with the latest medical equipment. Improving patient care has been central to its design and our infection control team have been involved at every stage, advising on issues such as the ventilation, the spacing between beds and the best types of materials to use on the surfaces and floors. It will provide our patients with some of the most advanced hospital facilities in London.
The new main entrance, the facilities on level one and the new imaging department opened on Monday 13 November 2006. The critical care unit and other inpatient wards will follow, with all areas open by March 2007.
Stage two of the redevelopment involves the refit of level three of the Great Northern building into a day treatment centre. This will include four day surgery theatres; an interventional radiology theatre; and four endoscopy suites. In addition there will be recovery bays for 40 patients. The centre is due to be completed by the end of 2007.
The hospital’s main entrance is now on Magdala Avenue; however, access to the emergency department will remain on Highgate Hill.
On entering the building, visitors will find a large reception desk within the atrium and staff at the desk will be able to offer assistance and give directions. There will also be a dedicated front door porter who will provide wheel chairs and other assistance as needed. For the first few weeks, additional staff will be on hand to help people find their way around. The hospital’s patient relations office (PALS) is also situated on this floor. Level One
Lifts and escalators will take visitors from the main entrance up to level one. This level houses The Whittington Court, which consists of a range of retail outlets, including a coffee shop and a newsagents, the N19 restaurant, which has a courtyard for summer dining, our undergraduate teaching facilities and a new pharmacy dispensary. Level Two
Level Two houses: The Critical Care Unit
The new critical care unit has been expanded and is situated close to the emergency department, operating theatres and the admissions ward. The unit will open with 11 beds increasing to 15 over the next year. There are four isolation rooms included within the unit. All the beds have a state-of-the-art pendant system, which provides all the services that might be required, including medical gasses, an electrical supply and high specification patient monitoring linked to a central station. There is also a waiting area for relatives and overnight accommodation. The Medical Assessment Unit
The new medical assessment unit, Mary Seacole ward, has 15 beds arranged in two five-bed bays and five single rooms. The ward is sited next to the emergency department for the easy transfer of patients. Half of the beds on this ward will be equipped with patient monitoring equipment, which feeds data back to a central station. The Cardiology Ward
Montuschi ward will move into a new 18 bed unit. Eight of the beds will be equipped with high specification patient monitors linked to a central station. This will form the new coronary care unit. Level Three
The Imaging Department
The Imaging Department is one of the most advanced in the UK. It is equipped with new state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment, high tech ultrasound scanners and specialised imaging equipment that includes:
The hospital’s existing picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and its radiology information system (RIS) are being enhanced and expanded to accommodate the increase in data generated by this technology.
Sitting in the waiting room for long periods of time will now be a thing of the past - on arrival for an appointment, imaging patients will be given a pager which will go off five minutes before the doctor or radiographer is ready to see them. This means that patients can have a coffee or visit the retail outlets rather than staying in the waiting area. Level Four
Level Four will house: The Respiratory Ward
The respiratory ward, Nightingale, will move to purpose-built facilities with 21 beds. Nine single rooms along with three four-bedded bays. All rooms and bays have en-suite facilities.
Cancer Care Facilities
The existing inpatient and day care facilities for patients with cancer will move to a new tailor-made unit. The new Mercers ward has 16 beds and the chemotherapy suite has nine bays. The Thalassaemia Unit
The thalassaemia unit will be re-housed in purpose built accommodation, which is being furnished and equipped with money raised by the thalassaemia appeal. The Whittington is the largest provider of thalassaemia services in the country.