RBCH building work

Work is underway to create the new BEACH Building (Births, Emergency, And, Critical care, children’s Health) on the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site.

The new facilities, described as a ‘once in a generation opportunity’, will include a new purpose-built maternity unit, purpose-built children’s unit, enhanced emergency department and critical care unit, with capacity for up to 30 beds. As part of development plans, the multi-story car park will be enlarged and a new pathology hub built to provide laboratory services for the whole of Dorset. Environmental sustainability is central to these developments, and the Trust has committed £1m to support the provision of more sustainable and healthy travel options.

The total programme of works runs up to 2026 and forms part of the £250m transformation and development plans for our hospital sites.

The new Emergency Department will be larger than both the existing Emergency Departments at Poole and Royal Bournemouth put together. It will contain dedicated imaging facilities including x-ray and CT scan to enable faster patient diagnosis and care.

The new Maternity Unit will be a brand-new purpose-built department. Staff and local residents have been waiting over 30 years for this. Being on the same site as the Emergency Department, Critical Care, Children’s and interventional radiology services will ensure all the emergency and support services are immediately on hand, providing safer care. The delivery ward will have 16 birthing rooms in total, including seven rooms with pools, four standard rooms, two rooms for twin births, one higher dependency room and two specialist bereavement rooms. There will also be two obstetric theatres86% of post labour facilities will be single ensuite rooms, with one four-bedded bay for mothers who want more social interaction. There will be a Neonatal Intensive Care, Special Care Baby Unit and Postnatal Care Units. The midwife-led units will merge and be co-located in the new Maternity Unit. This will reduce the number of ambulance transfers for women in labour between hospital sites. This consolidation of skilled staff better enables high quality care 24/7. There will be a dedicated antenatal ward and day assessment area, offering both outpatient and inpatient services. This allows rapid access for high risk patients and urgent care

The Children’s Unit will be purpose built on the top floor. It includes two higher dependency beds, an Assessment Unit and an Adolescent Area. The unit has predominantly single rooms with space for parents and carers to stay if necessary. It will have safe spaces inside and outside for play and socialising. There will be kitchen facilities for families to use. Being close to the Neonatal and Maternity Unit enables faster patient response times and better cohesion of the team as they are consolidated in one area. There will be a new dedicated “Gully’s Place” suite. An area providing privacy and dignity for patients and their families, especially for end of life care and bereavement support

The new Critical Care Unit, sometimes called Intensive Care, will have capacity for up to 30 beds. This is seven more than currently provided at Poole and the Royal Bournemouth Hospitals combined. These will have larger areas around the beds for easier access with equipment. There will be more single rooms, including six specialist isolation rooms. This will reduce infection risk and improve the patient and working environments. The department will be located close to both the Emergency Department and theatres allowing rapid patient transfer if required

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