Building work starts on new Acute Assessment Unit
Pictured L to R: Richard Attley, Project Manager, Integrated Health Projects, Nicola Riley Capital Manager, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Daron Walker, Construction Manager, Integrated Health Projects.
It was an exciting time at Airedale Hospital this week as contractors broke ground to start the build proper on the new £6m acute assessment unit – the building work is being done by Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the Trust’s construction partner.
The new unit will provide patients with better initial assessments, reduce waiting and treatment times, all in a modern purpose-built facility.
The unit will be around 1,400 square metres in size and will link to the hospital’s new Emergency Department which was opened in December 2014.
The 48 bed unit will have 8 bays and 8 en-suite single rooms with facilities for carers or relatives to stay and will also have a new ambulatory lounge, for patients who need urgent assessment and treatment but don’t need to be admitted to hospital, so patients can get the right care in the right place and all from a specialist team of staff.
The next stage of the build is the erection of the steel frame and panels and the external building phase is due for completion in August. The internal work will then start and the unit is scheduled to open in Spring 2018.