Darwin Group has started work on two new catheter labs at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.

The new 1,972 sq m building, designed for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), will house two hybrid labs with ancillary accommodation and 10 recovery beds.

The project will include a link corridor which connects the new building to the hospital’s existing cardiology department. It will help the trust to see more patients per day and carry out tests more quickly.

The scheme uses modular buildings with a barrel vault style roof to stay in-keeping with the rest of the hospital’s design. Completion is likely to be in September 2022.

Charles Pierce, managing director of Darwin Group, said: “The new cath labs will provide much needed additional capacity and patient accommodation which will support the NHS in delivering day to day tasks more efficiently.

“Our designers have done a fantastic job to create an eye-catching exterior with a high quality modern clinical patient and staff environment to meet current and future demands.

“We have worked hard with the trust team to arrive at the agreed design solution and look forward to managing the construction and commissioning phases to fully meet the trust expectations.”

Dr Lara Alloway, chief medical officer at HHFT, said: “This is a very exciting development for the trust. Having two new cardiac catheterisation labs will support our staff to keep providing outstanding care to those who need us.

“As the population grows, our technology develops and the demand for our services continues to increase, we need to develop further in order to keep providing efficient and sustainable health services.

“This expansion of our cardiology services will allow us to meet current and future demand, so it will certainly make a difference to everyone. A huge thank you to all involved in making this project a reality.”

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