01 May 2019
West London NHS Trust has taken formal possession of the new Broadmoor Hospital from the construction company Kier.
Following the Trust’s decision to approve takeover of the five new hospital buildings, work will now begin on preparations to transfer patients currently being cared for in Britain’s oldest high secure psychiatric hospital to a modern, state of the art of the facility.
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.”
Ben Stevenson, operations director Kier Major Projects, commented: “We’re delighted to hand over the first phase of the Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment programme. This is a crucial step towards providing a modernised and safe environment and we look forward to seeing patients and staff move into the new facilities.”
Features of the new hospital, located in the current grounds to the west of the existing buildings, include spacious ward areas, maximising the use of natural light, clear lines of sight to ensure staff and patient safety and a layout designed to enable the supervised movement of patients.
In preparation for patients moving to the new hospital, work will continue to train hospital staff, transfer services, finish the hospital grounds and install new equipment.
In parallel with the move to the new hospital, the Trust will be modernising the way in which it communicates with the local community by decommissioning the remaining sirens and replacing them with the Thames Valley Alert system.