We have identified the need to undertake some repair work to the flooring on the first floor of Tewkesbury Community Hospital. The first floor accommodates a 20-bed inpatient ward and an operating theatre suite. We want to complete this work before the winter period, and it will require the temporary closure of the first floor over approximately three months. The inpatient area will be closed from week commencing Monday 3 July and the theatre suite will be closed from Thursday 17 August, to enable the work to be finished as quickly as possible.
We will be working to minimise the impact on patient care, and are finalising arrangements for providing alternative capacity for the theatre and inpatient beds. Outpatient services and the Minor Injuries and Illness Unit on the ground floor will remain open during this period.
Detailed plans have been developed, led by colleagues from Tewkesbury Community Hospital.
Katie Norton, Chief Executive at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said:
“We are keen to minimise the disruption for patients and staff as we address the issues that have been identified with Seddon Construction, the principal contractor for the hospital. Planning any building work in a hospital setting is always challenging, however we are keen to progress this as soon as possible to remove any uncertainty and minimise the impact for patients and our colleagues.”
Julie Ellery, Matron at Tewkesbury Community Hospital said “We are so proud of our hospital and the care we are able to provide. We recognise that this work is needed and will aim to minimise the impact on our services and for our patients and their families.”
Jonathan Seddon, Managing Director of Seddon Construction Limited, said: “We are working very closely with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to ensure the remedial works at Tewksbury Hospital are carried out as quickly and safely as possible, with the least amount of disruption to patients and staff.”
Patients should continue to access Tewkesbury Community Hospital services as they do now, as any individuals affected by the temporary repair work will be informed about their care arrangements.
22 June 2017