The new unit will provide a much improved space in which to care for some of our most vulnerable patients. The new facility will allow us to provide the very highest standards of infection prevention and environmental control, elements of service which are so critical for a group of patients who are highly susceptible to infection.
We will be replacing our two existing but ageing MRI scanners with the latest technology and relocating the service to a purpose-built, brighter and more patient-friendly environment. The building will also give us the option to support a 3rd MRI scanner at some point in the future.
There will be changes to the parking areas each side of the Trelawny entrance and at Dolphin House, from the start of the works. Essential user spaces located in what is known currently as the “consultants car park” will be re provided outside Pendragon House. Ambulance access will be provided in two bays outside the front of the Microbiology building. There will be no drop off spaces available for disabled patients in front of the main Trelawny entrance for safety reasons and this group of patients will need to park in the patient car park opposite.
The Dolphin House bike shed will not be removed during the building works and there will be a new wheelchair accessible path created to the rear of Dolphin House. This path is predominantly for pedestrians so cyclists using the Dolphin House bike shelter must dismount before the path enters the Dolphin House rear garden area and wheel their bikes to the shelter.
There will be no access to the existing Dolphin House car park for the duration of the building works from June 2020 until it is reinstated. Patients using the Child Development Centre will be allocated 2 spaces for drop off in the Mermaid Centre car park and will access the Child Development Centre via the path across the garden at the rear of Dolphin House. The Women & Children’s Care Group is organising additional help for this group of patients from their vehicles to the main entrance of Dolphin House.
New trees may be planted later in the year or next year, as part of a site wide tree management strategy which is under development. This will include the removal of diseased and dangerous trees and the restocking our grounds with more native species. In the meantime a donation will be made to plant trees in other locations as part of the NHS Forest initiative.