ward staff in hi vis vests and ppe visiting new ward

Multi-million pound investment programme taking shape

Significant progress has being made across our multi-million pound Investing in Our Future programme since work started earlier this year.

The new community and mental health hub, previously the old HMV building in Newport High Street, looks unrecognisable. With a new roof, sky lights and windows installed the new hub is starting to take shape. New stud walls and ceilings mean the clinical rooms and staff offices are also coming to life. The café space and lift shafts are well underway. The hub is on track to open in Spring 2024 and will bring a wealth of benefits including joined up services to improve continuity of care and improved accessibility to the local community.

The ground and foundation work has now been completed for the intensive care unit extension at St Mary’s Hospital and the new steel structure to support the extension is in place, interior works are also pressing ahead. The major refurbishment and expansion of our Intensive Care Unit will see the unit increasing from six to eight beds and the addition of a separate six bedded Enhanced Care Unit to ensure that patients are cared for in the most clinically appropriate setting.

The new emergency care floor, which is in its first phase of a series of planned works, is also on plan to be delivered in Spring 2024. The new extension is progressing well with a weatherproof structure now in place and internal works progressing at pace with a new waiting room area and resus area. The extensive refurbishment and expansion of our emergency services. Co-locating our existing emergency department, urgent treatment centre and short stay facilities with the addition of a new frailty unit. A separate, dedicated emergency entrance will improve access for patients.

Chief Officer, Joe Smyth said: “We are pleased with the progress that has been made so far, once completed our community will benefit from significant improvements to the quality of care that we provide.We are looking forward to opening the new acute ward and ICU later this year.”

The acute ward at St Mary’s Hospital is expected to open in Autumn 2023. Internal decor works are currently underway and the ward will allow the fracture clinic to move to the north hospital making way for the expanded emergency floor and Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) facilities.

Ward staff have also been able to look at the new space that will accommodate the new 18-bed acute ward will see the reconfiguration of our acute beds across St Mary’s Hospital.

After completing a tour of the new space, ward sister Mandy Webb said: “It is incredible to see how much the space has been transformed so far. The rooms and space that we will have to care for patients are taking shape. We were able to get a real sense of the environment and can’t wait to see the final results.”

Derek Jackson, Contracts manager for Kier Construction said: “The last couple of months has seen a significant transformation to hospital estate with the forming of the new extensions as well the internal fit out works with the new floor plans taking shape ensuring the high standards of quality and safety are being maintained through to completion and without compromising the operation of the Hospital”