NHS hospitals are huge complexes comprising frontline facilities such as theatres and wards, associated consulting rooms, waiting areas and other patient-facing spaces, laboratories, and back of house areas that provide essential, often invisible, services to the whole operation. If any aspect of the building fails, it will at best cause inconvenience to staff and patients, at worst it could jeopardise health outcomes.
Whitescape has experience in all of these areas, some of which require knowledge of hygiene-critical spaces with complex services such as lighting, oxygen lines, medical gas and specialist wall and floor finishes. Other areas may seem similar to any institutional or commercial building, but demand an equally meticulous approach to ensure that the life and work of the hospital continues uninterrupted while reconstruction, refurbishment or re-servicing activities are under way.
Some examples of our work with NHS hospitals
We refurbished the pathology units at Royal Hampshire and North Hampshire Hospitals to a challenging programme with demanding financial constraints. Work was done in stages to ensure the labs remained operational, with the main dissection benches being stripped at a weekend and new flooring installed for Monday morning. We installed new chemical waste pipes, extraction systems and air conditioning units.
At Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, we altered the main reception to provide four electronic signing-in units for appointments, involving power and data cabling through floors. The work was carried out with no interruption to reception services.
At The Royal North Hampshire Hospital, Winchester, we upgraded power and cooling to the IT server room to solve an overheating problem. We also fitted a back-up generator for use in power outages, which involved craning a 20ft x 10ft container through the patient treatment area.
Also at Winchester, we fitted new security doors to the Clarke Ward and stripped out and upgraded the ward’s shower facility to a modern, more practical wet room.
We undertook asbestos removal and fire door installation at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, working out of hours to minimise disruption. The fire doors were fabricated off site to reduce impact.