Wotton Lawn Hospital – Case Study

Wotton LawnWotton Lawn Hospital is an 88 bed Acute Mental Health Hospital situated near the centre of Gloucester and provides inpatient services for the county of Gloucestershire.

The hospital has four admission wards, a Nurse led Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and a Low Secure Unit (LSU). The Service Users at Wotton Lawn are supported by a variety of healthcare workers including Nurses, Doctors and Allied Health Professionals including Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational and Sports Exercise therapists.

The Trust decided to carry out a major refurbishment of the Wotton Lawn unit, to include en-suite facilities on the wards and a more welcoming and homely feel for the patients.

EG Carter Construction & King Builders were contracted to refurbish an entire ward including the formation of individual en-suite facilities to all bedrooms. The client was unable to vacate the ward completely requiring works to be carried out sensitively in five phases over 26 weeks, maintaining all services to the remainder of the ward and hospital.

Particular care was needed as the ward was located in the centre of a live hospital, requiring carefully planned and co-ordinated screening and segregation from staff, patients and visitors.

Key to the successful delivery of the project was the dialogue of daily liaison with ward staff to ensure works were undertaken safely with disruption in terms of electrical, mechanical and other services kept to a minimum.

Vistamatic vision panels with anti-ligature control were a supply only to the project at Wotton Lawn, they were open/close vision screens used in doors and walls for the benefit of the hospital staff to keep a close eye on vulnerable patients in acute wards. Vistamatic also supplied their lever-operated VISTA-Slide™ soft closing observation screens. The VISTA-Slide™ is an observation screen that operates in a lateral fashion with the linear design moving vertically from side to side within the confines of the metal framed or sealed unit.

During the 26 week work phase the client commented that there was a positive relationship with the contractors throughout the works at Wotton Lawn Hospital.