Working around a fast-paced clinical environment meant that certain actions were particularly challenging, such as:
- Fast-tracking minor works within ICU to ensure that good working and care facilities were in place
- Relocating clinics treating higher risk patients to reduce the risk of encountering any COVID-19 positive patients
- Installing temporary rooms in certain clinical areas to create isolation spaces for COVID-19 positive patients
- Improving security to oxygen and pharmacy storage because of the heightened pressures on certain pharmaceuticals and oxygen supplies
- Fielding the vast amount of kind offers of help from the community and utilising those which the hospital had a need for, such as:
- Catering for staff
- Parking for staff
- Digital signage
- Temporary off-site accommodation
- A temporary supermarket
- Shuttle bus services from off-site car parks to the hospital
Many of the changes made were temporary, taking advantage of services that had moved off-site. We also supported the Trust in returning those services to the hospital, creating their “new normal”.
Our support and quick response enabled the hospital to safely deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, treating many patients for other illnesses and conditions in safety.
To date, LCMB continue to support the Trust with their COVID-19 response and their return to “normal”. The delay imposed by COVID-19 in the Construction industry and the delivery of works in general also means that LCMB are continuing their support in the delivery of significant and very necessary capital works.