Research by Diabetes UK indicates that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has topped four million, an increase of 65% over the past decade, many more are at risk as obesity levels in children and adults continue to rise. This is placing huge pressures on the NHS in delivering key care processes, achieving treatment standards and improving patient outcomes.

The charity’s chief executive said that it was vital that people with diabetes should receive good quality care wherever they live and to improve screening processes to identify people at high risk.

The National Audit Office has estimated that, although progress has been made in reducing the risk of complications, some 24,000 people are dying from avoidable diabetes-related conditions every year. The impact of diabetes on life expectancy varies significantly around the country, depending on the quality of care available and levels of resource dedicated to the disease.

Whitescape worked with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in responding to the challenge, through the conversion of an underused building at the Royal North Hampshire Hospital, Winchester. We undertook the refurbishment of the entire building, including flooring, ceilings, plumbing and roof work.

The Brooks Diabetes Centre now provides high-quality monitoring services for diabetic patients. Facilities include a state-of-the-art audiology department with specialist hearing booths, as well as consulting and education rooms and offices for nurses and researchers.

Our detailed planning and programming allowed the building to be in use and occupied throughout the project, with careful sealing of work areas while maintaining patient transfer and fire exits.