Extension completed at Shropshire hospital

Bridgnorth Community Hospital has officially opened a new extension that will allow dementia patients much-needed space to spend with their family.

The extension to the Agnes Campbell Ward was overseen by Tweedale and consists of a 29sq m room being constructed in a yard that is bound on all four sides.

The Agnes Campbell ward is a twenty-five bedded ward and is able to accommodate patients of mixed gender and ages, however, the patients are predominately elderly and normally require a period of rehabilitation to enable them to return home.

The ward also takes patients that require palliative care. Patients are admitted to the ward via two routes, which is either by transfer from the acute hospitals or admission from home.

Tweedale’s Liam Popplewell oversaw the project: “The most challenging aspect was to create a space within a very confined area, but still ensure the extension complemented the existing building design, and was light and airy.

“It was such a confined area that we were unable to use machinery on this project and so everything was dug out by hand, with wheelbarrows being used to move building material around the site.

“It was a 12-week project and at the end we were asked to change the design slightly to include level access and soft surface outside the building. Luckily, we were able to accommodate these last-minute requests and the hospital now has a lovely, quite room for dementia patients and their families.”


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