Spotlight: Interview with Stephanie Hassanali, General Practice Nurse

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As a general practice nurse in a Primary Care Network (PCN) Stephanie Hassanali has a rare insight into the challenges facing GPs.

She has been a nurse for 12 years and in general practice for the last eight of those, working across 11 practices as part of two PCNs in London.

A dramatic yet thoughtful evolution for mental health treatment

Sketch and computer render of a design for a modern mental health treatment bedroom, it also shows the 'outdoor room' concept of the design.

Darwin Group Principal Architect Louis Sullivan and his team have poured a lot into a very important project. The team first unveiled ‘Bedroom Evolved’ at last year’s Design in Mental Health Conference and it will be returning for this year’s event.

Could a new way of funding healthcare estates be the shot in the arm the NHS has been looking for

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With NHS repair backlogs reaching record levels, and the future of the new hospitals programme facing an uncertain future, leading modular construction firms Darwin Group and Portakabin bosses are calling for a rethink around how healthcare estates are planned and funded.

Darwin Group and Portakabin have combined their strengths to deliver excellence in modern healthcare environments.

Healthcare Focus: Misconceptions of modular construction

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We put the spotlight on Production Director Adrian Mitchell to talk about the misconceptions of modular construction and why more and more healthcare estates are choosing it over traditional building methods.

Stick-built or traditional construction has long been the standard within the industry. However, modular buildings have gained popularity in recent years as a flexible, sustainable and cost-effective option for various applications. But according to Adrian Mitchell, there are still some common misconceptions that can cause confusion or hesitation when considering modular as an option.

Pioneering mental health bedroom returns for second year running

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A pioneering modular mental health bedroom built by Darwin Group is returning to the Design in Mental Health Conference for a second year running. Bedroom Evolved drew in the crowds at last year’s conference when it was launched. Created by leading offsite healthcare construction firm Darwin Group, in collaboration with Safehinge Primera and Tough Furniture, it set a new bar for acceptable standards in mental health bedroom design. This year, the team behind the bedroom has made several improvements based on visitor feedback, including changes to the furniture, lighting, flooring and colour palette.

Bradford College students gain valuable construction site experience thanks to Darwin Group

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More than 40 students from Bradford College gained an insight into the world of construction after visiting the site of a new multi-million-pound surgical day case unit at St Luke’s Hospital recently.

The construction students were shown around the site by leading healthcare construction firm, Darwin Group, which is delivering the project for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Work starts on new £49 million Elective Centre at Southmead Hospital

Jim Pierce, the deputy CEO of Darwin Group, handing over a ceremonial ground breaking spade to the team at Southmead Hospital.

The Elective Centre is a joint project between North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) supported by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board and NHS England. It will enable an additional 6,500 operations to be carried out across the area every year.

Darwin Group becomes Corporate Partner with HFMA

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Darwin Group is proud to announce its partnership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the professional body for finance staff working in healthcare.

Operating as a Corporate Partner with HFMA, Darwin Group will connect with healthcare leaders and network colleagues across a variety of activities to discuss timely estates and construction discussions, approached through a finance-focused lens.

First look behind the scenes of the new health hub in King’s Lynn

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Leading healthcare construction firm Darwin Group led an exclusive progress tour around a new £11.5m health hub in King’s Lynn that is currently under construction. Over 25 guests braved the January weather to have a ‘first look’ tour of the King’s Lynn Health Hub site on Nar Ouse Way, King’s Lynn.

New centre officially opened after seeing 20 percent increase in procedures

The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony for Hampshire Heart Centre. In the background is a large mixed group of people.

A first-of-its-kind modular Heart Centre with two cardiac catheterisation laboratories, built by Darwin Group in Basingstoke has led to a 20 percent increase in angiogram procedures in its first year, with more than 2,700 patients being seen. The Hampshire Hospitals Heart Centre was officially opened this week at a ceremony led by chairman of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Steve Erskine, and The Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq. 

Why NHS winter pressures could be the worst ever this year – and how we can help

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As the seasons change and we begin the march into autumn, experts are warning the NHS could be heading into its worst ever winter. With new strains of Covid already widely reported, some people are calling for mask wearing to be reintroduced in certain settings. A potential increase in infections coupled with the Government decision to reduce this winter’s Covid and flu immunisation programme has left experts concerned about capacity. But it’s not too late to think about tackling the problems on the horizon. 

Acute Medical Unit – Wye Valley Trust

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Wye Valley NHS Trust instructed Darwin Group to create a fast-track 24-bed ward, complete with five four-bed bays, four single-bed rooms, nurse bases, utility rooms, clinical disposal rooms, a pharmacy and associated ancillary spaces.

Ambulance Receiving Centre – Wolverhampton

The inside of the Ambulance Receiving Centre. The room is predominantly white. Bed bays line both sides, but only the seven bays on the left hand side are clearly visible. Each bay has a blue mattress on a hospital bed, a blue curtain to act as a divider and a frosted window for light.

Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital had its winter pressures eased thanks to a new Ambulance Receiving Centre (ARC) that
was constructed by Darwin Group in just
18 days onsite.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust – ICU and general ward

External three-quarter view of the two-storey hospital building at Airedale. The external classing is white with blue and grey stripes and there are windows at regular intervals on both floors. To the left is the building entrance, with a long, gentle ramp running up to the doors. In the foreground and leading off to the right is a tarmac walkway. The sky is blue and dotted with white clouds.

The Trust approached Darwin Group with an urgent need to construct new ICU accommodation and general ward facilities due to the presence of RAAC within the existing hospital estate. The Trust had the crucial requirement of managing capital expenditure within a critical timeline, which necessitated a fast-track programme and a budget that should not be exceeded.

Mid Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust 60 bed ward

A three-quarters overhead view of the new ward building at Leighton Hospital, showing a range of plant machinery on the roof. This includes four photovoltaic solar panel arrays and a number of HVAC and air-conditioning units. Surrounding the new ward building are the older brick buildings of the hospital estate. The new ward building is finished in blue, grey and white cladding.

Darwin Group was able to utilise the company’s innovative modular build systems to provide a new 60 bed two-storey ward building featuring a mixture of single and multi-bed bays, complemented with ancillary accommodation – utility spaces, storage and staff areas – and a specialist physiotherapy space.

Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratories in Basingstoke

A wide angle view of a cardiac catheterisation laboratory/ At the rear there is an orange door. Storage units and medical equipment are around three sides of the room. In the centre there is a bed for patients along with a range of diagnostic equipment.

The Trust commissioned Darwin Group to build two new cardiac catheterisation labs to replace an outdated lab and a temporary facility at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital – the first modular build of its kind in the country. 

Portakabin and Darwin Group expand healthcare capability

External three-quarter view of the two-storey hospital building at Airedale. The external classing is white with blue and grey stripes and there are windows at regular intervals on both floors. To the left is the building entrance, with a long, gentle ramp running up to the doors. In the foreground and leading off to the right is a tarmac walkway. The sky is blue and dotted with white clouds.

Modular building market leader Portakabin has today announced the acquisition of healthcare modular buildings specialist Darwin Group in a move that will offer significant benefits to healthcare providers across the UK.

Combining the modular knowledge, scale and financial strength of York-headquartered Portakabin with the specialist healthcare expertise of Darwin Group will now offer healthcare providers both temporary and permanent building solutions to cover all future clinical and non-clinical requirements.

New ward and ICU wins project of the year award

The project team collecting their award at the HEFMA Awards 2022

On Thursday 12th May, Health, Estates and Facilities Management Association (HEFMA), hosted its annual award ceremony in Milton Keynes. AGH Solutions (Airedale NHS Foundation Trust) was awarded ‘Project of the Year’ at the awards for their £15m modular build project that Darwin Group Ltd is delivering.

The project includes a new 15-bed intensive care unit (ICU) and 30-bed ward onsite at Airedale Hospital. AGH Solutions worked hard with Darwin Group Ltd to deliver the project designed to tackle the RAAC risk, the remedial works necessary to keep the building safe, and the development of a 3500m2 ICU and 30-bed ward, which is the first known all-electric inpatient unit in the NHS.

Older Adult Mental Healthcare Modular Accommodation

A hospital corridor, the closest walls are light green with a large print of some sunflowers. The distant part of the corridor is white with a number of doors leading off.

Darwin Group, has handed over a 1,198m2 modular mental health ward for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust on the St. Peter’s Hospital campus in Chertsey, Surrey. Guided by HTM and HBN requirements, the building was developed with the Trust to provide inpatients with a more modern and therapeutic environment.

Procure23 | Crown Commercial Service’s Construction Works and Associated Services 2/Procure23 Framework

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Darwin Group Ltd has become the only Modular, Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) design and build main contractor to be named on the ProCure23 (P23) lots of Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Framework. ProCure23 lots is the fourth generation of the ProCure route to market for the provision of design and construction services for the delivery of NHS capital projects with an estimated cumulative value of £9bn over its four-year lifespan.

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