Trust shares proposals for state-of-the-art outpatients building at St Mary’s Hospital
Plans for a brand new building for outpatient services at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington have been unveiled today (Thursday, 8 September) at a public exhibition held by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
The proposed eight-storey building will replace the existing Salton House, Dumbell and Victoria and Albert buildings between Praed Street and South Wharf Road. The new facility will bring together the majority of outpatient services and supporting diagnostics such as blood tests, which are currently provided from 40 different locations across the hospital site. It will serve around half a million patients a year.
The proposal is driven by three main needs:
- To support better care – allowing for more integrated care, tailoring and combining different specialist services to meet individual’s needs as well as helping patients to recover quickly and stay well.
- To improve patient experience – providing services in ways that will make it as easy and as stress free for patients, their carers and families, as possible.
- To replace ageing buildings – a third of which are more than 100 years old and expensive to maintain and run – with new and more efficient buildings that follow best practice in design and technology.
Dr Tracey Batten, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said:
“St Mary’s Hospital has grown and changed hugely since it was opened in 1845. The hospital must continue to evolve and our new building will allow us to take advantage of new technologies and practices to make care as safe and effective as possible, as well as ensuring the best possible experience for everyone visiting and using our facilities.
“We also want our new building, designed by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to link with and support the wider regeneration of the Paddington area.
“The Trust is committed to involving staff, patients, carers, GPs, local residents and other stakeholders with an interest in the hospital’s future at every stage of the development to ensure all our services and facilities help us provide the very best care and to deliver the development with minimum disruption.”
The new outpatients building is planned as the first phase of a full redevelopment of the St Mary’s Hospital site, which will be the subject to separate consultations and planning applications in the future.
The phase 1 exhibition is being held at St John’s Church, Hyde Park Crescent on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, from 14.00 until 20.00, and on Saturday 10 September, from 10.00 until 16.00. Patients, carers and local residents are encouraged to come along to view the proposals and discuss them with Trust staff and to feedback their views. Details and a feedback form are also available on the Trust’s website.
The Trust is looking to submit a planning application to Westminster City Council next month, working to an estimated timetable to open the new building in late 2020.