The final phase of work to prepare Shropshire’s new £28 million women and children’s centre for its opening this autumn is under way, hospital bosses said today.
The main construction work at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford has been completed. And construction firm Balfour Beatty has handed over the keys to the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre to The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust which will run it.
The trust says it will have the centre ready for inpatient women and children’s services to move in on September 29 and 30.
Over the coming weeks equipment and beds will be fitted, the facilities will be tested and training will be given to prepare staff to use the building.
Kate Shaw, programme manager for the future configuration of hospital Services (FCHS) at the Trust, said: “I’m delighted that we have now formally taken over the building.
“The main construction work has been completed, although works are still under way in part of the building to create our new women’s services area.
“We will now be spending the coming weeks preparing the building for clinical use.
“Some staff have already begun to visit the centre to receive their orientation training, and the feedback we’ve received so far has been excellent.”
When it opens at the end of September, the Shropshire Women and Children’s Centre will be the main facility providing care for women and children for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.
The centre will be for women who need a consultant-led birth; gynaecology services where you have to stay overnight; children who need to stay overnight; children’s oncology and haematology care and babies who need intensive and special care.
Part of the building is already being used, as the children’s ward at the PRH moved from the first floor of the hospital down into its former location on the ground floor, which has been refurbished and is now part of the new centre.
It is the only part of the centre which is open.