We are always looking to improve the facilities at the Trust so we can provide the best possible patient care. Here are some current and recent refurbishment and construction projects at our Denmark Hill site.
Critical Care Centre
Work has begun to create a new, 60-bed Critical Care Centre. The facility is being built on top of an existing surgical block and will open in 2018.
Set over two floors and equipped with state-of-the-art assessment and monitoring equipment, it will provide a better environment for critically unwell patients as well as the staff treating them.
Patients will spend weeks and sometimes months in the Critical Care Centre. So medical staff and patients are working with our facilities team on the interior design, to ensure it provides the best possible environment for patients to help them get better. This is also important for patients’ relatives, who often spend hours and days by their bedsides. The Centre will also have a specially-designed rooftop garden, allowing patients who are on life support to spend some time outdoors.
We have launched the King's Critical Care Appeal to help build and equip the centre. You can donate or fundraise to help the sickest patients.
Our new helipad opened in October 2016. One of only three helipads in London, it helps save thousands of lives and assists the hospital in serving its trauma population of 4.5 million people across south east London and Kent.
The helipad has reduced the time it takes helicopters to transfer critically ill patients 'from landing to resus’ to just 5 minutes. Previously, helicopters had to land in nearby Ruskin Park and patients were transferred to King’s by road, which could take as long as 25 minutes.
Built on top of the hospital’s 10-storey Ruskin Wing, the helipad has been made possible thanks to a multi-million-pound donation from the County Air Ambulance HELP Appeal. In addition, more than 2,600 patients, staff, and members of the local community generously donated £500,000 to the hospital’s Time is Life Appeal.