A Bodelwyddan-based construction company has completed a large-scale refurbishment of a ward at a major hospital in North Wales to meet improved post-pandemic care standards.
Wynne Construction’s work at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd has seen the space, which has been used to help respond to increased pressures on the hospital over the past two years of the pandemic, transformed into a high specification general purpose unit .
The redevelopment will help doctors and nurses at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Hospital return to their purpose-built departments across the hospital.
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Wynne’s business included the installation of serviced clinics and consulting rooms, eight private single-use rooms as well as four multi-occupancy room bays, each consisting of four beds with an increased distance between beds of half a meter.
The redesign also provided the opportunity to install a state-of-the-art ventilation system that meets the latest infection prevention standards. The new system, which meets the gold standard for post-COVID care, increases the frequency of fresh air entering the ward, minimizing the risk of airborne infectious particles.
Neil Rogers, Director of Acute Care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, we have the opportunity to transform and modernize our space to better support patient care. This renovation is an example.
“The design and development of the Ward 10 reinforces our commitment to continuously improving secondary care in North Wales. We thank Wynne Construction for working with us on this project.
The development of the 24-bed unit is part of BCUHB’s plans to consolidate patient health and comfort in area hospitals by ensuring that updated facilities meet regulations such as the regular circulation of fresh air and the increase in the distance between the beds.
Graham Dickson, contracts manager at Wynne Construction, said: “Working in a living building such as a hospital has made it crucial to coordinate our work with the schedules of adjacent departments, which means planning ahead is essential. ahead of time and meet strict deadlines.
“We were constantly working alongside management and clinical staff to complete tasks when possible, as development often took us into other areas of the building, such as the lower floor ceiling voids to install service drainage.
“Collaborating with the health board has been particularly rewarding as we are also based in Bodelwyddan, so being able to serve our shared community makes ending the business all the more of a feat.”