King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Critical Care Centre has been delayed. Inspection works undertaken by the Trust’s technical team as part of the final commissioning process revealed issues with defective fire management within the unit. The safety of patients, visitors and staff is paramount. Before the unit can be opened, significant remedial work is required.
The Trust has instructed the builder, McLaughlin & Harvey to provide a robust programme to complete the project, remediating all outstanding and non-compliant items on the Critical Care Centre. The Trust has been promised this robust programme of works within the next four weeks.
This programme will be subject to a review to assure the Trust Board that it will be deliverable and ensure compliance is embedded in the scheme of works. The design team employed by King’s will undertake this exercise.
The programme will also inform the earliest occupation date by our clinical teams. This will be advised as soon as possible after receipt of the contractor’s programme.
We would like to assure patients that the issues affecting the Critical Care Centre are isolated and there is no risk to the rest of the hospital.
Update: Tuesday 6 November 2018
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its design team are working with the building company (McLaughlin and Harvey) to develop a robust and agreed plan relating to the defects in the Critical Care Centre. The intention is to deliver the plan within the next month.
Update: Wednesday 22 July 2020
The Trust has closed the new Critical Care Unit so that it can complete the outstanding remedial work inside the unit itself, as well as rectify issues identified more recently. Before the unit was opened in April as part of the Trust’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of mitigations were put in place to ensure the safety of our staff and patients. The remaining patients in the unit are being moved to critical care wards at King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill so that the remedial work can be completed as quickly as possible.