THE Mayor of Bournemouth visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital yesterday to view the plans for the new Jigsaw Building.
Councillor Phil Stanley-Watts spent time looking over the designs – which will be on public display in March - and asked questions as the design team 'walked' through the proposed patient journey, from car park to treatment room.
He said: "I welcome this consultation and the links with the community in bringing this project forward. This new building will be state of the art and will benefit the community immensely. It offers a significant step forward in providing service and keeps the wellbeing of patients in mind. It will be second to none.
"The Jigsaw Appeal is one of my four mayoral charities and I think I've chosen well. I have been involved in fundraising over a number of years and know that an awful lot of hard work has gone into this. The outcome will have fantastic opportunities for the community."
The new 2000m2 Jigsaw Building will see the funds spent from both the Jigsaw Appeal for Cancer and Blood Disorders and the Appeal for Women, with significant NHS investment. It will bring together oncology, haematology, gynaecology, breast care and early pregnancy in two new units.
Public and patient feedback has been a key part of the design process and a number of suggestions have been incorporated into the final detailed plans. Comments included Wi-Fi access for patients, a garden room and a complementary therapy suite.
The plans will be on show in the main atrium of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital from Tuesday 12 until Tuesday 26 March. Final feedback will then be collated before the plans are submitted to the council at the end of March.
David Rumbold, Project Manager for the Trust, said: "The feedback we have had so far has been invaluable and we encourage members of the public to drop in and view the plans and let us know their thoughts."
While the designs will be on display all day throughout 12-26 March, a member of the design team will be available to discuss the plans with the public at the following times:
• Wednesday 13 March 1-3pm
• Thursday 14 March 11am-1pm
• Monday 18 March 1-3pm
• Wednesday 20 March 3-5pm
Once approved, the construction of the new building will take between 12 and 16 months. Located at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital between the Eye Unit and the Derwent Suite for Orthopaedics, the facility will bring many services together for one stop visits, providing more space for rapidly expanding outpatient and day case treatments and to ensure better privacy and dignity for patients.
Each year the Mayor of Bournemouth adopts local charities to support during their mayoral year. This year, Councillor Phil Stanley-Watts is supporting four charities - the Jigsaw Appeal, Bournemouth Leukaemia Fund, The Jon Egging Trust and the Springbourne Family Centre. The mayor's charity events can be found at www.bournemouth.gov.uk/CouncilDemocracy/MayorofBournemouth
You can find out more about the appeal at www.jigsawappeal.org.uk If you have any comments or questions about the Jigsaw Building, please call the Fundraising Team on 01202 704060 or email email@example.com