This year we have continued with our ambitious building developments on the hospital site.
In October, a new gynaecology outpatient building located at the hospital entrance on Galsworthy Road opened to patients. The new Willow Building is purpose-built for the Trust’s gynaecology service, which sees over 2,000 patients each month. Outpatient and procedure clinics now take place under one roof, benefiting patients and staff.
Work to develop a three-story extension of the Bernard Meade Wing also began in October, coinciding with Kingston Hospital Charity reaching its revised £2m fundraising goal. Extending the Royal Eye Unit on the ground floor will create a dedicated area for the retinal service to treat the growing number of patients with age-related macular degeneration and other conditions that affect the back of the eye. Extending Sunshine Ward at first floor level will also create the space needed to develop a self-contained day oncology unit for children undergoing cancer treatment. This extension represents the second phase of works, following enhancements to the Royal Eye Unit’s acute referral centre last year.
Work also recently started on site to build our new ENT (ear, nose and throat) and audiology outpatients department, located at the centre of the hospital site. The new single storey modular build will provide dedicated audiology consultation rooms, audiology booths, examination and procedure rooms, a hearing aid lab, and additional administration areas, improving the environment and experience for patients and staff. Work is due to be completed in early 2023.
Further improvement works are also planned for the Sir William Rous Unit, the Emergency Department and our radiology services.
To help make these improvements a reality for our patients, there may be some disruption to normal activities. If possible, patients and visitors are asked to use public transport or to be dropped off at the hospital, as traffic flow and car parking spaces are currently limited.
If you are coming to hospital for an appointment, please only bring one person with you as waiting areas are under pressure at this time. Due to building works, space in waiting areas is particularly limited in the Emergency Department and the Royal Eye Unit.
Thank you for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.