£1.4m programme ensures refurbished maternity unit is safe for staff and patients
A £1.4m programme of fire safety improvement works has been completed on a ward at Lincoln County Hospital.
Focus Consultants undertook tsurveying, design and contract administrator responsibilities for the work on the third-floor Branston Ward, which specialises in gynaecology and has just undergone a major refurbishment as part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) ongoing fire safety upgrades.
The 18-bed ward has benefited from new ceilings, flooring and patient bathrooms, in addition to a full set of new fire doors and new lighting throughout.
Now the building surveying team at Focus Consultants is undertaking a similar role as improvement and refurbishment work gets under way on the ground-floor antenatal and community midwife offices at the hospital. The company is also due to be involved when improvements are made to the second floor in the future.
Keith Butler, partner at Focus Consultants, said: “These refurbishment schemes at the maternity unit at Lincoln County Hospital are the latest in a number of hospital projects to improve facilities that Focus has been involved in – providing building surveying, design and contract administrator services.
“We have also worked with Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Grantham Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital, helping to improve the surroundings and safety of the patient and staff environment.”
The improvements at Lincoln County Hospital are part of a Trust-wide £46m capital investment spanning three financial years up to 2019/2020, which includes increased staff training and installation of fire prevention systems, including modernising and upgrading fire alarm systems, improving fire doors, and enhancing fire barriers around all the hospitals.