Hollinswood House handover marks milestone in community healthcare

  • 26th June 2024

(L-R) Andy Richards (contracts manager), Lee Evason (site manager), NHS staff, Anwar Ali (director at Rev-A Associates), Conor Roberts (apprentice site manager), and James West (chief operating officer at Morris Property)

A 35,000 sqft refurbishment to the existing Hollinswood House on Stafford Park, Telford, has been handed over, marking a significant milestone of the new community-based healthcare provision in Shropshire.

Morris Property has completed a comprehensive interior refurbishment of Hollinswood House, transforming what once served as offices into a new healthcare facility for Shropshire, providing a more-efficient service for the non-urgent needs of patients.

The works have been completed in two phases and central to the transformation has been the establishment of Shropshire’s first Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC), boasting cutting-edge medical equipment including a CT scanner, X-ray, and ultrasound, as well as dedicated cardio-respiratory and phlebotomy rooms, all conveniently located on the ground floor.

The first and second floors have been repurposed to accommodate a relocated renal service from Princess Royal Hospital, with more than double the space than before.

Both floors also house consulting and interview rooms alongside staff areas on the first floor, while the second floor includes dialysis facilities for lower-risk patients currently in need, while also catering for future demand.

The latest phase includes completion of the third floor with dedicated spaces for cardio-respiratory and dermoscopy departments, complemented by a bespoke reception area crafted by Morris Joinery.

Since the inauguration of the Community Diagnostic Centre, more than 13,000 patients have benefitted from streamlined access to routine diagnostic and blood tests, reducing the need for hospital visits and alleviating strain on healthcare resources.

And the CDC continues to grow and develop, with the recent introduction of a new teledermatology service, meaning patients can now access quicker diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer.

James West, chief operating officer at Morris Property, said: “This building project has required us having to work within and around a live building site with ongoing healthcare provision, but through close collaboration with department heads and centre managers, we’ve been able to minimise disruption and ensure the continuity of care in the community.”

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