Patient building’s £380k overhaul

Sheffield Children's Hospital chief executive Simon Morritt.
Sheffield Children's Hospital chief executive Simon Morritt.
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Plans for a £380,000 revamp of Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s outpatient department at the Northern General are expected to be given the go-ahead today.

The hospital leases a building from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals at the site in Fir Vale, and plans to spend hundreds of thousands creating more space to see patients, as well as relocating its Clinical Genetics Service.

A report to a meeting of the children’s hospital’s board of directors said the move was needed to meet rising demand.

In the last year alone, referrals to the trust have increased by nearly 10 per cent.

The new plans include more consulting rooms, a new waiting room and reception, and a play area.

Special spaces for teenagers and breastfeeding mums are being provided, along with full facilities for the clinical genetics staff.

The Northern General works will complement the children’s hospital’s £40m scheme at its main Western Bank site, which is getting a new ward block, additional theatres, improved outpatient areas and a new front entrance.

Simon Morritt, chief executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our board is being asked to consider a business case to lease additional accommodation in the building we currently use for outpatients at the Northern General.

“This would allow us to put on extra clinics to meet growth in demand for our services and relocate our clinical genetics service there.

“This, alongside our current building projects – the new wing and theatres expansion, would be a welcome addition, helping us to provide the best possible health care for both inpatients and outpatients in fit-for-purpose spaces.

“It will also give our clinical genetics service much needed room to develop.”

The refurbishment is expected to begin in June, with a completion date set for early next year.

Another report to the meeting lists a series of priority departments which are also struggling for space at the children’s hospital.

They include A&E, neurosciences and the sleep unit.

The current number of beds is also ‘insufficient to meet demand’, the report says.