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Queen’s Hospital has opened its new £7.5m Intensive Therapy Unit

Left to right: Damian White, Nisha Patel, Andrew Rosindell cutting the ribbon,  Jacqui Smith, Councillor Jason Frost (Pic-BHRUT)

Queen’s Hospital have officially opened its new £7.5 million Intensive Therapy Unit. 

The Jubilee ITU, which has been named in honour of the Queen and her 70 years on the throne, was opened in a ceremony which took place on Tuesday, 15 February.

Hospital officials were joined by Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, Leader of Havering Council Damian White, Health Scrutiny Chair Cllr Nisha Patel and Health and Wellbeing Board Chair Cllr Jason Frost. 

The new state-of-the-art facility was built on an area which has previously been used for storage.  

Chair of BHRUT Jacqui Smith and Chief Medical Officer Magda Smith showed off the new building and explained how it will help the hospital to treat the sickest patients as quickly as possible.

The new ITU building sees an additional 15 beds, with the option to make it 25 during busier periods, in a peaceful setting which will is hoped will aide patient recovery.

Watch the moment Andrew Rosindell cuts the ribbon

Andrew Rosindell, who officially cut the ribbon to declare it open, said, “I was delighted to be asked to open the Jubilee ITU. It’s incredible to see such a new, modern facility providing the extra capacity needed for patient care.

“Thank you for the work you do and the service you provide to our community. I’m very proud to have Queen’s Hospital in my constituency.”

Our Chair Jacqui Smith added, “Our new Jubilee ITU will help us treat our sickest patients in a state-of-the-art environment. It will also play a key role as we continue to reduce surgical waiting lists as the increase in beds provides flexibility to treat people who have been waiting for operations faster.

“I’d like to thank the many teams and contractors who have worked tirelessly alongside us to open the facility, so that we can provide the very best care.”

It comes as part of an £11.5m investment in to BHRUT, with the other £4m being spent at King George Hospital; construction is due finish there by the end of March.

Ingleton Wood, a Billericay-based property and construction consultancy, provided architectural, mechanical and electrical (M&E), and project management services

Paul Cavalier, a partner at Ingleton Wood, said: “We were pleased to support the Jubilee ITU which will save more lives and provide patients with cutting-edge equipment in a modern environment for generations to come.

“We worked hand-in-hand with the hospital to design and deliver the project with care and put the Romford community and wider region in the best possible position to cope with healthcare needs.”

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