PEOPLE will be able to get a sneak peek of Peterborough’s brand new super hospital before it opens to new patients.
Hospital bosses said they would be offering guided tours around the new 612-bed, four-storey Peterborough City Hospital in Bretton Gate from the beginning of October at the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust annual public meeting last night.
The trust’s chairman Nigel Hards said that they would be receiving the keys to the site from builders Brookfield Construction on Friday, October 1.
He said: “After we get the keys it will be possible to come and see the hospital.
“If people get in touch with us, they can come around and get familiar with the new facilities.
“I think it is looking like an absolute flagship for the city but it is vital that five-star facilities are met with five-star service.”
The hospital is replacing facilities at both Edith Cavell and Peterborough District hospitals.
It was also announced at last night’s meeting at the Town Hall that the first patients will be moved in on November 11.
The trust’s chief executive Nik Patten said: “We are working hard to become not only bigger but better too. That includes providing excellent patient care that is streamlined, integrated, consistent and responsive.”
Angela Broekhuizen, associate director for the hospital relocation project, gave a photographic tour through the development since plans started in 2006.
She said: “This will be 96,000 square metre building with over 4,000 rooms and will include state-of-the-art facilities.
“We are working as hard as possible to make it as easy as possible for people when they first arrive and have put together strong transport links to make sure people will be able to access the new hospital.
“We get the keys next week and the move is getting very close. From next week until November 11 all 3,500 members of staff will be getting their inductions.
“It is a very exciting time and we are looking forward to opening for service.
“It doesn’t feel as though you are walking into a hospital - it really is a top notch building.”
However, Mary Cook (72), from Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, questioned whether the glossy building was too far removed from what people expect from healthcare.
She said: “I can’t understand why, if you need medical help, you would want to go somewhere and not think it is a hospital.
“I worry about the private rooms because there is no observation of the patient. They need to be reassured while they are staying that they are getting looked after fully.”
City hospital trust beating MRSA threat
STAFF at Peterborough and Stamford hospitals were praised at last night’s annual public meeting for fantastic results on clamping down on hospital superbug MRSA.
A “search and destroy” policy adopted by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against the superbug has resulted in not a single infection being detected or starting in their hospitals for more than a year.
The trust’s chief executive Nik Patten said: “We haven’t had a hospital recorded MRSA case since May 2009.
“This is great news and testament to the hard work of all the staff in the trust.”
Mr Patten also spoke of his pride at the staff’s ability to deliver excellent service despite challenges such as the harsh winter, fear over a pandemic flu outbreak and even battling through a power outage, during the last 12 months.
Director of nursing Chris Wilkinson added: “The figures are very promising.
“We had only two cases that started in the hospital between 2009/10 and currently none for the first half of 2010/11, which is fantastic news.”