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GRESWOLDE Construction has begun work on an important new multi-million pound project at Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospital.

Sutton MP Andrew Mitchell and Good Hope Hospital Managing Director Richard Parker joined Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest and his team on site to celebrate the start of the construction.

The scheme, for Bordesley Green-based Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, will transform two existing wards into the new £3.2m Acute Medical Unit (AMU).

“We always enjoy breaking ground on projects, but it’s particularly special when it makes such a difference,” said Greswolde’s Malcolm Priest.

“We have extensive healthcare experience and it is good to be back on site at the hospital, where we previously built the Musculo-Skeletal Centre.”

Good Hope Hospital - which serves over 450,000 people in north Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and a large part of south east Staffordshire - provides acute and general medicine.

Richard Parker, Good Hope Hospital Managing Director, said: "The scheme will increase the size of the facility to assess and treat patients with an acute medical problem. As well as increasing the number of doctors, we are providing nurse staffing to levels recommended for an A&E department in this area, which is approximately twice the level for a general ward area.

"The development work to the Acute Medical Unit will help us to treat and discharge patients more quickly."

The project, designed by RPS Technical Director Simon Houldcroft, entails stripping out two existing wards and adding linking extensions to create one new AMU facility at one end of the busy hospital.

“Most of our projects with NHS Trusts involve busy, ever changing environments and this is no different. We've worked with the Trust to create a design that means day to day care can still be provided to patients as well as meeting their operational needs in the future,” added Simon.

Speaking at the site visit, Andrew Mitchell commented: “I greatly welcome this further investment in Good Hope Hospital. The new Acute Medical Unit will improve and strengthen services at Good Hope for my constituents.”

New AMU construction photoshoot

Celebrating the launch of Good Hope’s new AMU are (from left): Greswolde Site Manager Pete Dunn; Good Hope Estates Manager Dave Smith, Good Hope Managing Director Richard Parker, MP Andrew Mitchell, and Greswolde MD Malcolm Priest and Director and Project Manager Chris Harrison.