Cash injection to improve our estates

Swaffham before and after refurbishments
Swaffham before and after refurbishments

Facilities for crews at some of our sites have been significantly improved thanks to a £610,000 investment designed to help our Trust prepare for the winter while benefitting our patients.

Kitchens have been upgraded at Cromer, Dereham, Swaffham, Luton and Cambridge, while extra staff parking spaces are being created at Weeley, and Wisbech.

At Clacton, Ipswich and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, permits have provided the much-needed additional spaces. Parking improvements are also planned for Cambridge.

In addition, the station at Stansted has been completely refurbished, with toilets, kitchens, windows and floors replaced and the building redecorated. More shorelines have also been installed across the whole of the Trust so that we can increase the number of vehicles on the road.

The remainder of the money has been spent creating new workshop facilities at Kings Langley and Kings Lynn as part of our ongoing make ready programme, while improvements have also taken place at Barton Mills. This will allow the Trust to bring vehicle maintenanceinhouse, in turn speeding up repairs and keeping more ambulances on the road to respond to patients.

Cromer ambulance station kitchen - before and after refurbishment

The improvements come following a successful bid to NHS E/I made last August and are designed to boost staff welfare by improving the facilities available when crews return to base. They will also support the changes which are taking place as part of our Building Better Rotas programme, which aims to speed up response times by ensuring staff availability at peak times.

Jackie Nugent, Infrastructure and Transformation Lead for Estates, Fleet and Make Ready said: “We were really pleased that we have been able to complete this work so quickly and hope that our crews will benefit from the improved facilities.

“The projects which we have been able to take forward thanks to this funding also support our Building Better Rotas and Make Ready programmes, and will increase vehicle availability and significantly reduce the amount of time they are off the road.

"This should have a positive impact on response times and on the care we able to provide for our patients.”

Published 29th January 2020

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