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One of the highest
able & Modular Buildings
performing emergency
care services in the UK
The new Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) Designed by
at Watford General Hospital, which was Murphy Philipps
built off-site by Portakabin subsidiary, Architects, the AAU
Yorkon for ProCure21 partner Medicinq provides 120 beds
Osborne, is now among the best for emergency admissions, two cardiac pleased with the new building. The unit is
performing emergency care services, with catheterisation laboratories, diagnostics light and airy – a pleasant environment that
one of the lowest re-admission rates in the including x-ray, ultrasound and CT is much easier to keep clean. There is lots
country. scanning, a new hospital pharmacy with of space around patient beds which is
Constructed as part of a £25m robotic dispensing, and a roof-top plant hugely beneficial when clinical staff are
ProCure21 contract awarded to main room. carrying out interventions. Patients love
contractor Medicinq Osborne, the new Commenting on the new building, the bright colours and have even
building comprises 142 steel-framed Graham Ramsay, Medical Director at West compared it to a hotel!”
modules. These were manufactured and Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said, The off-site approach enabled Yorkon to
substantially fitted out off site by Yorkon in “We are delighted with the new start manufacturing and fitting out the new
a £12m contract, reducing the programme facility. This is the largest of a new AAU before demolition works had been
time by around six months and minimising generation of acute admissions units and carried out on site. This parallel working
disruption to patient care on a very busy forms part of the Department of Health’s reduced the programme by around 50 per
hospital site. new ‘Model of Care’ initiative. cent and allowed the existing hospital site
The facility, which is linked to the “Early indications are showing that the to remain in use for much longer.
hospital’s existing A&E department, is new model of care provided in the AAU of The building is finished in wedgewood
being used to pioneer a new model of care early assessment, diagnosis and treatment blue with contrasting white render and
for emergency cases with rapid is having a very positive impact and grey aluminium cladding for a
assessment and consultant-led diagnosis. patients have been really enthusiastic contemporary appearance. It was craned
This approach improves the patient about the environment and the service into position at the rate of ten 14m-long
experience and can dramatically reduce the they are receiving.” modules per day in less than four weeks
long-term effects of serious conditions Lesley Harrison, Senior Sister in the for the final stages of fitting out and
such as strokes and heart attacks. AAU, added, “Patients and staff are very commissioning.
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Portakabin, the UK’s leading modular some of the most
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