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Plans set for a new purpose-built inpatient facility at Dorothy Pattison Hospital in Walsall

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has awarded Kier Construction a £20.8 million contract for the development of a new purpose-built inpatient facility at Dorothy Pattison Hospital in Walsall. The P22 framework was used to secure the project.

The new unit will include a 15-bed functional ward and a 10-bed dementia ward for older persons. It will be built to replace existing facilities at Bloxwich Hospital. The new facilities will provide several advantages to patients and staff, including more flexible space for therapeutic services.

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Kier will support the local community through a program of social value and health and wellbeing programs. This is while working jointly to leave a positive lasting legacy. Kier’s approach to construction will prioritize sustainability. Futhermore, it will include the usage of low-carbon power sources such as air source heat pumps rather of gas boilers and rooftop solar panels. When completed, the project will also be BREEAM Excellent.

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The new purpose-built inpatient facility at Dorothy Pattison Hospital to be built by Kier Construction

“Kier has a long history of delivering vital and sustainable infrastructure across the Midlands, including schools, healthcare and leisure facilities, and we are proud to be continuing this with the appointment by Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to deliver its new inpatient facility,” said David Yorke, regional director for Kier Construction, Eastern & Midlands.

“Supporting and enhancing the local community is central to our approach. Thus, the construction of this important new unit at Dorothy Pattison Hospital will allow us to strengthen our relationships with our local supply chain. This is while delivering broader benefits through social value and sustainability initiatives.”

“With the new purpose-built inpatient facility at Dorothy Pattison Hospital, older adult mental health services in Walsall will have a modern environment. It will allow recovery in a setting that is appropriate and responsive for all,” Debbie Cooper, divisional director of older adult and adult mental health for Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, added. We will continue to collaborate with our partners to make this goal a reality for the Walsall community we serve.”

The enabling work has already begun on site, with the main building work set to begin this autumn. The new service is planned to open in the spring of 2024.

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