Tilbury Douglas appointed to build new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit in Dorset

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Tilbury Douglas has been selected by Dorset County Hospital (DCH) as the main contractor to design and build a new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit

DCH has submitted an outline planning application seeking permission for the new Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit(CrCU) to be built on the former Damers School site, which forms part of the Trust’s estate.

The existing Emergency Department sees twice the number of patients that it was originally built for

Linking to the existing hospital, the layout for the Emergency Department would be designed to improve patient flow through the department, with dedicated areas for majors, minor injuries and paediatrics.

The new Critical Care Unit would sit directly above the new Emergency Department, allowing the Trust to increase the number of CrCU beds from 11 to 24 plus add a new helipad onto the roof.

The scheme is listed as part of the government’s New Hospital Programme (NHP), which commits to building 40 new hospitals by 2030. Upon approval of the planning permission, construction of the new Emergency Department and Critical Care unit would begin in 2024.

DCH used ProCure22, an approved procurement process, to select its Principal Supply Chain Partner. The framework provides design and construction services for use by the NHS and Social Care organisations.

“These new facilities will help Dorset County Hospital meet rising demand”

Paul Gale, divisional director at Tilbury Douglas, said: “Having previously delivered the Robert White Centre Radiology Building for the Trust in 2018, our proven track record and knowledge of the hospital will enable us to move ahead with this scheme with a strong understating of the clinical needs of the Trust.”

Natalie Forrest, senior responsible owner for the New Hospital Programme, said: “Patients will be given treatment in new major and minor injury and paediatric units, creating more efficient ways of working for patients and ensuring more people can be seen quicker.

“These new facilities will help Dorset County Hospital meet rising demand, providing patients with the outstanding care they deserve and offering NHS staff a better place to work.”

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