CURRENT and former patients, relatives, fundraisers, clinicians and the Jigsaw building design team have gathered at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to discuss the design and layout for the new Jigsaw Building.
In November, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's (RBCH) Board of Directors gave the go ahead for detailed designing of the new Jigsaw building – purpose-built facility bringing together Oncology, Haematology, Gynaecology and Breast Care.
Situated 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
With the space, budget and timetable for the unit now established, the workshop event was an opportunity to update on progress and plans and get feedback on any issues or opportunities.
Richard Renaut, director of service development at the Trust, encouraged those attending to treat the session as a blank canvas for developing something 'really exciting', stressing the importance of improving the patient experience.
Attendees split into groups to identify the project's success factors, obstacles and opportunities before feeding back to the design team. A key priority identified was privacy, with other areas discussed including car parking, incorporating a relaxing green space and using digital tablets within the building so patients and relatives could keep fully informed.
Representatives from Stride Treglown, the architects working on the project, also attended the workshop to show layout ideas and artist impressions of what the new building could look like.
David Rumbold, project manager for the Trust, explained that designers, including a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and a quantity surveyor, had been sourced from the local area to be involved in the building process.
Speaking afterwards, he said: "The event was really helpful in getting the various teams together, focusing on the project at this critical phase and letting us know what would make this project a success for them.
"Most of all it was really good to have Jigsaw, fundraisers and patient representatives there so we could thank them directly for their support."
The target for design completion is the end of March 2013, with planning applications, approvals and tendering due to take place between April and June this year. Once approved, construction of the new building should take between 12 and 16 months.
Funds from the Jigsaw Appeal and the Cancer and Blood Disorder Appeal, as well as significant investment of NHS funding, will pay for the building.
Stephen Bargery, a regular fundraiser for the Jigsaw Appeal, attended the launch workshop. He said: "I for one am very, very happy it is all finally happening, and looking at the ideas they've had so far, it's going to be good."
When detailed sketches, designs and layout have been collated, a further feedback session will take place.
Mr Renaut said: "This event was a great opportunity for staff and patients to get together and discuss what's important with the designers and construction experts.
"We also used the feedback from the website which was really insightful and we welcome more comments."