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Patient services will start moving into the 3Ts redevelopment Stage 1 Building in Spring 2023? The main transfer of patient services will take about 8 weeks, meaning more than 3,000 people a day will be benefiting from the new building by the end of spring next year.
In general, the building has been laid out with outpatient services on the bottom four floors and wards on the upper floors. Have a look at the diagram and you’ll see where, on the front of the building, the change happens. Outpatient levels are labelled in green (01 to 04) and ward levels are labelled in blue (levels 5 to 10). There are a few exceptions to this, where it is better for patient care, but only a few. Most services will be located based on this principle.
Why has it been done this way? The new main entrance for the hospital is at the bottom left side of the building, the area coloured yellow on the diagram. Having outpatient services on the lower levels makes them easier for patients to reach either from this main entrance or from the underground car park.
Having the wards higher up takes advantage of the hospital’s location and gives most patients a view of the sea, and in some cases the city or the downs.
Operating theatre spaces
There are seven operating theatre spaces on level 5 of the new building. Some of these will be focused on Neurosurgery (operations on the brain) and Interventional Radiology (image guided therapy). The theatres are designed to be flexible and will help with our plans to reduce waiting lists for operations generally. Why are the new theatres on Level 5? This is the best location for patient care. There is a link corridor at the back of the new theatres. It leads to A&E, our main operating theatres complex and the lifts from the Helideck. Having these services close to each other, and linked together on a single level, gives patients the best care pathway.
Staff who will be working in the new theatres visited the site recently. Join them as they share their thoughts on the new facilities.