Our Current Buildings

The Trust is undertaking a programme of improvement works to ensure that all of our buildings and facilities are up to the standards we and our patients expect.
 
(1) Updating Our Imaging Equipment
 
We are investing in new equipment for imaging and in refurbishing many of the rooms in the imaging department on the third floor of the atrium in Whittington Hospital We are also investing in mobile x-ray units for the Emergency Department and for patients who it would be best not to move.
 
This work started in 2018 and should complete this summer.
 
(2) Building a Better Birth Experience with a New Obstetric Theatre
 
We are improving the facilities and environment for families giving birth at Whittington Hospital with a new obstetric theatre.
This part of our Building a Better Birth Experience Programme will mean that we will have two theatres where babies can be delivered, either with assistance or by caesarean. This new theatre means that we have more space and modern facilities. It will also mean that there is one single recovery area for all patients who deliver in either of our two obstetric theatres.
 
The project started in October 2018 and the new theatre should be ready for patients in the summer.
 
(3) A New Dental Facility in Uxbridge
 
We are creating a new facility for community dental services to serve Uxbridge and Hillingdon. This will be made up of four surgeries and is in a great new location for public transport.
This work started in December 2018 and the new building will start providing dental services in the summer.
 
(4) Building a Better Birth Experience by Refurbishing Cellier Ward
 
We are acting on patient and staff feedback about our post-natal facilities. It is important that families who have just given birth at the hospital have a good environment in which to be cared for. The new facilities will include 18 beds in larger bays, almost all of which will also have space for a partner to stay overnight. All of the bathrooms will be refurbished and there will be a new, welcoming entrance for patients and visitors.
 
The project started in March and is expected to complete in Autumn 2019.
 
(5) Backlog and Improvement Work
 
We are carrying out a project to update doors, lighting, alarm systems and electrical distribution boards to ensure that they are in line with the latest regulations and fit for the future.
 
This work started in May and will be complete this summer.
 
(6) Refurbishing Our Staff Accommodation
 
We are improving some of our staff accommodation in ‘H block’ on the Whittington Hospital site. The work includes new flooring, new doors, 6 refurbished bathrooms and some rooms being completely refurbished.
The project started in April and it will it be finished by the end of July.
 
(7) Improvements to the Northern Health Centre

We are putting in a new staff kitchen and refurbishing 8 consulting rooms and 2 toilets. We are also making repairs to the front of the building.
 
The project started earlier this year and is ongoing.
 
(8) Creating a Play Space for our Youngest Patients
 
We are fundraising to refurbish the outdoor play terrace on Ifor Ward. It will be a specially designed therapeutic space to allow children to play as well as aid recovery and provide a space for them to interact with siblings during hospital visits. It will also house our pet therapy rabbits. The space will be doubled and professional play equipment installed.
 
We plan to start this work this spring. We plan to open the new area in the summer.
 
(9) Providing Modern Education Facilities

In order to make room for a new mental health hospital on the Whittington hospital site we will be moving our education facilities into a new, modern home. We will be taking down the derelict Waterlow Unit on the Highgate Hill side of the site and replacing it with a new three-storey building which will be modern, efficient and fit-for-purpose.
 
We will start demolishing the Waterlow building in June. The Whittington Education Centre will continue to be available and operate as usual until December, when Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust take over ownership of this land.
 
The new education facilities will be up and running from February 2020.
 
(10) Building a New Mental Health Unit
 
Our local partners at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust are taking over some land at the back of the Whittington Hospital site to build a brand new, state-of-the-art mental health inpatient unit. This will mean better co-ordination of services for patients with both physical and mental health needs, providing person-centred care aimed at reducing the mortality gap for people with a mental health condition. To make room for the new unit, we will be removing Dartmouth Park House and the Whittington Education Centre. We will be providing educational facilities in a new modern unit on the site of the old Waterlow Unit.
 
This work will start at the end of the year and the new unit is planned to be ready by 2022.
Working on it!