NHS Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust has appointed Kier to deliver an £8m specialised eating disorder clinic in Poole, Dorset
Trust members collaborated with Kier to break ground on this state-of-the-art eating disorders facility that will help to treat patients in the Southwest.
The two-storey building is being constructed within the grounds of St Ann’s hospital; providing accommodation for 10 inpatient beds – a step up from the six that are currently provided – as well as communal spaces and dedicated clinician rooms.
Throughout the build of the facility, Kier will work in collaboration with hospital staff and the local community.
‘A purpose-built space with first-class facilities’
Mark Norris, regional director of Kier Construction London, South and Strategic Projects, commented: “We understand this is an important new facility that will increase capacity and support the NHS Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust and its hospital staff effectively treat patients from Dorset and the southwest of England.
“We are proud to have been selected to construct this new building and over the next 18 months, we will utilise our skill and experience to deliver a purpose-built space with first-class facilities.”
Dr Ciarán Newell, consultant nurse for eating disorders at the Trust, added: “We are absolutely delighted that this project has begun.
“The current capacity of six beds at our unit doesn’t meet demand and, as a result, some patients go to specialist units elsewhere in the country for treatment.
“We are very pleased that more local people will soon be able to get the care they need and still be close to their friends and family, which can aid their recovery.”
The Dorset clinic project was procured through the P22 NHS framework and is due to be complete by winter 2023.