We have a great deal to celebrate. Not only did an external independent review panel award the project the highest possible rating recently, but we also started our final countdown to new hospital commissioning. Read the Trust’s press release here.
However, there’s a phenomenal amount of work to do before we can move our patients in at the end of the year. So, to let you know what’s happening with this historic event, we’ll be providing regular updates.
This month our new Entrance Building opens and becomes the official hospital entrance for all staff and visitors. At the same time we’ll be closing the existing hospital entrance which has been in use since 1989.
As well as preparing patients for their moves, and finalising each service’s move schedule, we will have completed our comprehensive training and familiarisation programme for almost 1,000 staff. Other tasks to be completed over the next few months include; commissioning equipment, testing systems and completing the final ward garden.
Patient engagement and involvement has always been an essential aspect of the redevelopment project, and with the finishing touches to each hospital building being completed, all eleven Patient Forum representatives visited the new site at the end of September. During their tour, the representatives were taken to look at the facilities available in the Central Building and one of the wards; all were very impressed and immediately noticed how the new environment will support recovery.
There’s now just three weeks until the remaining single siren in Cricket Field Grove is switched off and the new hospital siren becomes operational. Remember this will be silently tested so residents will no longer hear it sound at 10am on Monday mornings.
Prior to this, we want to make sure local residents, in the immediate vicinity, are aware of the new siren’s sound. Therefore, it will be sounded (instead of the existing siren) every Monday at 10am from Monday 21 October 2019 until Monday 2 December 2019.
For Broadmoor Hospital and other community messaging, we’re encouraging everyone in the local community to sign up to the Thames Valley Alerts system. If you would like to know more about the Broadmoor Hospital sirens, please visit our website.
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