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Hospital Improvements

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Below is a summary of our plans to improve your hospital over the next 4-5 years.

2016/2017

Witan Gate House

Located in central Milton Keynes (opposite The Hub), the fully air-conditioned offices boast two kitchens, a board room, breakout areas and large meeting rooms. The building which the office is in also offers trust staff changing facilities, outdoor areas and secure parking.

The move off site will free up valuable clinical space on wards that is currently used for back office work. Back office staff moving over is planned to begin from November 2016.

New Main Entrance

From Tuesday 3 January, construction on the hospital’s new main entrance started. This new building will be located on the car park outside the current main outpatients building, in front of entrances 5, 6 and the entrance to Speech and Language Therapy (SALT). As a result of the developments, several changes to public access will be in place.

The build will be developed in two phases to ensure that we maximise the number of entrances available to staff, patients and members of the public at any one time. Phase one (the main build) will begin on 3 January and will be completed by May 2017. This will include the closure of entrance 5 and the entrance to SALT – entrance 6 will be moved temporarily along the physiotherapy corridor to allow pedestrian traffic to pass through. Phase two will be the three weeks following the main build where a link corridor will be built between the new main entrance and the main outpatients building, ensuring all access into the hospital will be safe and undercover.

More information can be found here

New 20 bed ward - Ward 24

We have begun construction on a new surgical ward to increase the number of beds available for patients. 

The new ward, which will help the hospital deal with the ever-increasing demand for its services throughout the year, will be built next to the Treatment Centre (which is currently also the hospital's main entrance). 

More information can be found here.

Build an Academic centre

As part of our joint medical school venture with the University of Buckingham we will be building an academic centre near the main roundabout when you first arrive at the hospital.

This is an important milestone in our journey to becoming a centre of excellence for education.

The build of the academic centre is scheduled to begin in January 2017 and be complete at the beginning of 2018. 

2018/2019

A Cancer centre

We are designing a new cancer centre that will allow us to provide more complex cancer treatments for our patients here at the hospital, whereas currently they have to travel to Northampton or Oxford.

Create a ‘Common front door’ for urgent and emergency patients

We intend to significantly extend and refurbish the existing A&E, which aims to bring together Urgent and Emergency Care into an integrated and enlarged facility, and to create a Paediatric Assessment Unit next to the existing Children’s A&E unit.

The Common Front Door (CFD) is designed to give urgent and emergency patients a single point of entry to the hospital so they don’t have to worry about where to go. The clinicians at the reception desk will assess each patient and direct them to the most appropriate care.

Important public information - New Main Entrance build

New Main Entrance

From Tuesday 3 January, construction on the hospital’s new main entrance started. This new building will be located on the car park outside the current main outpatients building, in front of entrances 5, 6 and the entrance to Speech and Language Therapy (SALT). As a result of the developments, several changes to public access will be in place.

The build will be developed in two phases to ensure that we maximise the number of entrances available to staff, patients and members of the public at any one time. Phase one (the main build) will begin on 3 January and will be completed by May 2017. This will include the closure of entrance 5 and the entrance to SALT – entrance 6 will be moved temporarily along the physiotherapy corridor to allow pedestrian traffic to continue to pass through during construction. Phase two will be the three weeks following the main build where a link corridor will be built between the new main entrance and the main outpatients building, ensuring all access into the hospital will be safe and undercover.

A number of images are now available illustrating how the new main entrance will look, including the location of the building.

Internal images

External images

New main entrance map

New hospital map

Further information

Access into the hospital

While phase one of the build is constructed, entrance 5 and the entrance to Speech and Language Therapy will be closed. Patients or visitors requiring the use of the Fracture Clinic of SALT should use entrance 6. Entrance 6 and the entrances into the main outpatients building (1, 2, 3 and 4) will remain open throughout phase one. If you are unsure of where you need to go, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the reception team at entrance 3.

After phase one has been completed, access into the hospital will be through the doors to the new main entrance. From there, staff, patients and visitors will be able to find their intended destination through entrances 5, 6 and SALT.

Car parking

Once the build starts, access to the car park outside of the outpatients building will be prohibited. The Trust has not lost any car parking spaces as a result of the build as these have been redistributed ahead of the construction start date. The disabled spaces were relocated to safer, better lit and more secure areas on the first (ground) and second floors of the multi-storey car park in August 2016 so users are advised to park in this area. A wheelchair park has been installed on the first floor for those patients and visitors requiring their use.

To support with patient drop off and pick up, we have extended free parking in all MKUH car parks from 15 minutes to 30 minutes so that if assistance is required for patients to get to their intended destination, visitors will not be charged for this. Users will not need to validate their ticket on exit of the car park - the same ticket that you were given on arrival will allow you to exit without charge.

Taxis and Patient Transport Services

A dedicated taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) drop off / pick up point will be installed on the ring-road of the hospital near construction of the new main entrance. This will be a temporary solution while construction is completed – all taxis will be able to pull up in front of the new main entrance. All Milton Keynes based taxi companies will be fully briefed and made aware of the changes in advance. There will be four lined spaces for these vehicles.

The contractors will retain the patient transport services (PTS) spaces outside of entrance 3 for the duration of the phase one build.

Out of hours access

There will be no change to out of hours access to the hospital. Visitors will still be able to enter and leave the hospital via A&E, and leave via outpatients entrance 6 after 9pm (no access via entrance 6 after 9pm). 

FAQs

Please see responses to our frequently asked questions here.

Enquiries

For any enquiries regarding the new main entrance please email - NME.Enquiries@mkuh.nhs.uk

2016/17

In 2016/17 we want to:

Extend our Clinical Space

Ward 24 layout

Ward 24 will provide us with 20 additional beds which will support the organisation in continuing to provide effective and timely care for the ever-growing population of Milton Keynes. This is a really exciting time for the hospital as we seek to increase and improve elective activity for our patients. 

The ward will be located on the car park outside of the Treatment Centre with a link corridor being constructed between the doors to ward 24 and the side entrance to the Treatment Centre. As a result, the car park is now closed. Patient drop off / pick up has been relocated to a more secure area on the first (ground) floor of the multi-storey car park. There is also a drop off / pick up area close to the MRI centre which has space for four cars - this will be continuously monitored to ensure the safety of all visitors. 

Construction began in October 2016 and is due to be completed in February 2017. 

Build a new main entrance

We plan to build a new main entrance for the hospital nearer to the multi-storey car park and our main outpatient services; it will be a modern and welcoming space with a wider variety of conveniences.

During the construction, patients will be able to access the hospital through a temporary entrance at the Treatment centre opposite the multi-storey car park (turn left at the hospital entrance roundabout).

We plan to begin construction in Winter 2016 and anticipate it will be completed by Summer 2017.

2017/18

In 2017/18 we are planning to:

Build an Academic centre

Academic Centre 1

As part of our joint medical school venture with the University of Buckingham we will be building an academic centre near the main roundabout when you first arrive at the hospital.

This is an important milestone in our journey to becoming a centre of excellence for education.

The build of the academic centre is scheduled to begin in January 2017 and be complete at the beginning of 2018. 

2018-19

In 2018-2019 we are planning to:

Create a new Cancer centre

We are designing a new cancer centre that will allow us to provide more complex cancer treatments for our patients here at the hospital, whereas currently they have to travel to Northampton or Oxford.

Create a ‘Common front door’ for urgent and emergency patients

We intend to significantly extend and refurbish the existing A&E, which aims to bring together Urgent and Emergency Care into an integrated and enlarged facility, and to create a Paediatric Assessment Unit next to the existing Children’s A&E unit.

The Common Front Door (CFD) is designed to give urgent and emergency patients a single point of entry to the hospital so they don’t have to worry about where to go. The clinicians at the reception desk will assess each patient and direct them to the most appropriate care.