Estates Projects

We are always looking to improve the facilities at the Trust so we can provide the best possible patient care. Here are some of our current refurbishment and construction projects.

Maternity services

More than 6,000 women give birth at King’s every year. We are pleased to be the hospital of choice for many women, but it also means we need to expand and improve the facilities we provide.

Work has now begun in King's Maternity services to create a new midwifery-led birthing unit, a new maternity assessment unit, plus a five-bedded recovery area on our Nightingale Birth Centre.

The creation of a midwifery-led unit will create a ‘home from home’ environment for women in labour, and the expansion of the labour ward will also improve the experience for those who come to King’s.

The project due to be completed by early 2014. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience resulting from the improvement works. We are doing everything within our powers to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.

Helipad

We have recently received planning permission to build a helipad on top of the Ruskin Wing at our Denmark Hill site.

The hospital is home to the largest Major Trauma Centre in the south of England and is the hub for the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) major trauma network providing specialist emergency cover for a population of 5.5 million.

We also provide major liver transplant, brain and heart surgical services, and are a specialist centre for emergency stroke and heart attack treatment.

Every day, patients need to be transferred here for these services as fast as possible, often for life-saving care. Helicopters currently land in nearby Ruskin Park, where they are met by an ambulance crew, who transfer the patient to our Emergency Department (ED) by road. This journey can take up to 25 minutes.

Having a helipad on the hospital site will mean patients will arrive in ED within 5 minutes, which will potentially save lives.

We are currently in the process of raising charitable funds to build the helipad. We already have £1m – donated by the County Air Ambulance Trust HELP appeal but – we need a further £3.5 million. You can find out how to help us raise money for the helipad through our charity, Together we can.