West London NHS Trust has taken formal possession of the new Broadmoor Hospital from the construction company Kier. This means that all five new hospital buildings are now the property of the Trust and completion of the remaining ground work can begin.
Carolyn Regan, Chief Executive of West London NHS Trust, said: “This is a critical step towards the delivery of significant improvements to the way in which we are able to care for patients in Broadmoor Hospital.
“Many people have worked hard to ensure that we get to this point. I would like to pay particular tribute to the outstanding work of our staff whose compassion and care are all the more remarkable given the restrictions and limitations imposed by the current environment.
“This move – from a hospital which is more than 150 years old to one which has been purpose built to provide a safe, therapeutic environment for the delivery of care fit for the 21st century – focuses on hope and recovery and the Trust’s commitment to supporting patients to take a more active role in their care.”
Read the Trust’s press release here.
Preparatory work will now begin to enable patients to move into the new hospital later this year.
This long-awaited development will deliver a much improved environment for staff and patients, in terms both of the physical space and the latter’s increased involvement and responsibility for their own recovery. The new wards and patient bedrooms will be supported by the central building of the hospital, which will house all the therapies and patient services in a single area which will be easy to access.
The training and familiarisation programme for hospital staff will begin shortly, followed later in the year by the transfer of patients and services. Only then will the existing hospital be decommissioned. The official opening of the new hospital will be organised following the patient move.
Images of the new hospital are uploaded here on a regular basis
In parallel with the move to the new hospital, the Trust is modernising the way in which communicates with the local community. The remaining sirens will be decommissioned and replaced with the Thames Valley Alert system. Learn more here