Our plans for Scunthorpe hospital
We are making significant improvements to Scunthorpe General Hospital, creating a number of new, purpose-built facilities, alongside an extensive refurbishment programme in our existing buildings.However, at the heart of the project is our new multi-million pound Emergency Department and work is already underway.
We’ve secured £30 million funding from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and in late March planning permission was granted for this scheme and a similar project in Grimsby.
Aligned to the new EDs will be new Acute Assessment Units (AAU) at each site.
The £24.86 million for these units was announced last year and we’re now in the process of developing the full business cases working with NHS E/I and the Integrated Care System ICS).
We will create a new ED unit on an area of land which is currently the site of an office block and car park on the Cliff Gardens side of the hospital.
We designed both areas in consultation with our nursing and clinical teams to ensure they will have the facilities they need to provide the very best care and service, both now and in the future.
Other features of our new department include:
- An increased waiting area to cope with demand and social distancing requirements
- A dedicated play area for our younger patients
- Additional ‘flexible use’ cubicles that will help us manage surges in patient numbers and make it easier to meet your needs.
- A dedicated ambulance bay, reducing the time to transfer patients arriving by ambulance into the hospital.
Work is underway
If you visit Scunthorpe General you will have see work is already well underway.
A new single-storey deck public car park is being created off the Church Lane entrance to the site and work has started on our £4.88 million scheme to extend our MRI. This will be completed in October and our aim is to have it open to patients by November.
To build our Emergency Department we, unfortunately, have to demolish an office block.
Although it is not a listed building, this block is one of the oldest buildings on the site, dating back to the 1920s.
It formed part of the original Scunthorpe and District War Memorial Hospital and the iconic archway at the entrance to the building is not only synonymous with Scunthorpe General but commemorates those who lost their lives fighting in the First World War.
We believe it’s only right that this memorial to their bravery and sacrifice is saved and incorporated into the new building. You can read more about the history of the building here.
Earlier this year, we secured £40.3 million from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which will allow us to implement significant energy efficiency measures across our estate, in line with our Green Plan and the national Greener NHS Strategy.
It’s important to us that we’re not only there to treat patients once they become ill but to help prevent them from contracting illnesses and conditions in the first place.
Reducing carbon emissions has significant health benefits, as poor environmental health contributes to a number of major diseases, including cardiac problems, asthma and cancer.
At Scunthorpe we’re replacing the aging steam boiler system, installing additional solar panels, improving insulation, windows, our Building Management System and LED lighting.
We’ve also invested a further £3.5 million in replacing our fire alarm system and making vital improvements to our water infrastructure, so you may see contractors working in other areas of the site too.
What’s happening now?
- We’re working on the new decked car park outside the renal unit off the Church Lane entrance to the site.
- The new foundations for our MRI extension have been poured and we’ve begun to work on the superstructure of the new building.
- We’ve almost finished the refurbishment of Coronation Block on Level D and Level F and the first teams will be moving in later this month.
I’m coming to SGH – what do I need to know?
- From Monday, June 28, we will be installing a new substation in the areas close to the Cliff Gardens entrance to the site. There’s no impact on public car parking but the access road to the Church Lane side of the site will be closed whilst these works are undertaken.
- We have started work on our new Emergency Department. The first step is to build the new single-storey decked car park on the public car park outside the renal unit (car park three) on the Church Lane side of the site. The upper deck will be a new staff parking area, with public car parking on the ground level. However, in order to do this safely, we have closed off this area, which means there will be fewer public spaces on the site until the new car park is finished in July.
In the meantime, we’re continuing to appeal for those who you who can to leave your car at home to ensure that priority for the spaces which are available goes to those who need it most.
We appreciate this isn’t possible for everyone but if you’re able to take a bus, taxi, get dropped off or use our park and ride scheme, we’d be really grateful.
If you do need to come by car, the remaining public car parking spaces are next to the maternity unit, off Church Lane and our outpatients’ building off Cliff Gardens.
We apologise for the disruption but hope you agree that it will be worth it in the end.
You can find out more about the plans for our new department and all the latest updates on how the build is going – including any news on parking and access – by checking back here.