The work involved constructing a triage tent for assessing Covid-19 patients outside the department and a bespoke covered walkway, which will be used for safely transferring patients with respiratory symptoms to the appropriate area within the hospital.
Led by Site Manager Justin Horton, the LST team worked day and night to complete the project as quickly as possible. LST Contracts Manager Chris Taylor commented: “It was very humbling to be asked to support the hospital’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. The new structures will ensure the hospital is extremely well prepared to help patients of all ages and we’re really proud of our team for its role in this crucial project.”
Professor Robert Crouch, a consultant nurse in emergency medicine and Deputy Director of major trauma at UHS, said: “In just a couple of weeks we have completely changed the footprint of the emergency department and want to share the positive message that so much care and attention to detail has gone into our plans and preparations to manage COVID-19.”
The project’s success has also been recognised by the Estates and Capital Projects team at UHS NHS Foundation Trust. Senior Project Manager, Edmund Ellert confirmed that the triage tent ‘has received a lot of praise from within the Trust’ and thanked LST for doing ‘a fantastic job.’