Earlier this month, Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals Trust proudly opened its newly built Link Bridge and stroke rehabilitation ward, along with a new catheterization laboratory.
Jibran Mirza and Connie Stevens, who project managed the build, were on hand to guide guests from the Trust’s surgical and nursing teams through the construction process, which utilised modern methods of construction and was constructed offsite and then craned into position during a weekend to minimise disruption to the live hospital site. The bridge is an important step to improving patient care, providing a direct, and safe patient transfer connection from Langley Wing into the acute services in Wells Wing and into the wider hospital, so patients no longer need to be wheeled outside between departments.
The bridge forms part of a wider project to relocate the New Epsom and Ewell Community Hospital (NEECH) and Poplars outpatient therapies services onto the Epsom General Hospital site, by extending and remodelling the existing Langley Wing.
The project is being delivered in several phases to allow continuous patient care in the adjoining ward areas. A three-story new extension to the rear of Langley Wing will facilitate the expansion of bed spaces on the upper floors, whilst a new reception area, two new gym spaces, along with several Treatment Rooms for therapies will be created on the ground floor. A new garden space to the rear of the building will also be created, providing patients and their visitors with an outdoor rehabilitation and recreation space. All facilities feature dementia friendly design and are compliant with the latest HBNs and HTMs.
The latest phase of works, being managed by Jibran and Connie, is the new reception area, begun earlier this month. The relocation and all new facilities should be fully