Doncaster hospital trust’s £23 million upgrade plans

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

Doncaster hospital bosses are to carry out a major programme of refurbishments after announcing their biggest ever capital programme.

Officials who run Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and the Mexborough Montagu Hospital and Bassetlaw Hospital, have agreed to spend £23m.

A string of improvements will be carried out to waiting rooms at the site and there will be an increase in the number of beds. Other projects will include computer systems developments.

Managers are also pledging to announce more plans for the development of the DRI by the end of the year.

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says it is investing the money to ensure patients and staff benefit from modern, high-quality facilities and equipment.

Major projects in the pipeline include a new endoscopy suite at Bassetlaw Hospital, and significantly improved clinic areas and waiting rooms for eye and diabetes outpatients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

The trust says it will not give specific details of the cost of the individual schemes until contracts for the work have been awarded.

The Trust is also investing in new IT systems that will ultimately link together to provide fully electronic patient records.

The aims is to improve the safety and quality of care by making case notes instantly accessible to authorised users and significantly reducing the amount of time doctors, nurses and other health professionals spend on paperwork.

The capital programme includes the completion of work begun in 2012/13 such as the new day surgery unit at DRI, the assessment and treatment centre at Bassetlaw, and the rehabilitation centre and refurbishment of inpatient wards at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.

It also covers building work to create additional bed capacity at all three hospitals.

The programme is being funded from a variety of sources, including the £3.485m surplus the Trust made in 2012/13, and loans.

There are also contributions from charitable funds and the Department of Health.

Capital is money to be used specifically for expenditure on items like buildings and equipment that cost more than £5,000 and which will continue to be used for many years.

It cannot be used to fund day-to-day running costs such as staff pay.

David Pratt, director of finance, information and procurement at the trust, said: “We are totally committed to making sure our patients and staff can enjoy being cared for in, and working in, the best possible facilities.

“That is why we are making our largest ever investment in capital schemes this year.

“We can afford to do this now because of our good track record of managing our finances responsibly. That means we can invest last year’s surplus in creating better buildings and improving facilities for our patients, as well as new equipment and technology.

“It marks a new era for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals – one which will see us transform our buildings and facilities over the next few years in line with our strategy for 2013 to 2017.

“Bassetlaw and Montagu Hospitals have benefited from significant refurbishment in recent years, which is ongoing, and by the end of 2013/14 we will have developed comprehensive plans to further develop Doncaster Royal Infirmary.”