County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust will begin
preparing for a programme of demolition and construction works on
site at University Hospital of North Durham this month.
The works will ultimately create more space for positive future
developments on the site and is part of the Trust's plans to
continually improve patient care and experience.
During week commencing 19 June, hoardings will be erected around
the area known as the 'east wing corridor' and Dryburn House. These
areas are located to the front of the Emergency Department entrance
at the hospital and include the current Baby Memorial Garden.
This work has necessitated the relocation of the baby memorial
garden and following a series of engagement events with families
who have plaques and memorabilia in the garden, a location and
design for the new replacement garden has been agreed.
Based on the engagement with families a series of design ideas
have been agreed and are being taken forward to create the new
space in line with the views of those families involved.
When the hoardings are put in place it will not be safe for
families to access the area and attend the current garden.
Therefore, specialist contractors will remove all plaques and
memorabilia in the current garden and place in secure storage until
the new garden is ready for the relocation to take place.
This means that from Friday 16 June, the current garden will not
be open for visitors to protect health and safety and to allow the
relocation work to begin.
Please note, however, that from the end of May you will notice
increased fencing and activity around the area as preparations are
made for the demolition to begin.
The Trust appreciates this may cause distress to some families
and we sincerely apologise for this - we must make the area safe to
carry out the work but understand not being able to visit the
garden during this short period of time will be extremely difficult
Some families have chosen to already remove their plaques with
the support of a specialist contractor and not relocate them to the
new garden. If there is anyone who would still like to do this
please contact Paula Brennan (details below) as
soon as possible and we can make the necessary arrangements.
All remaining plaques and memorabilia will be photographed to
ensure plaques and additional items remain together where
appropriate and then placed in safe and secure storage until the
new garden is ready.
When the new garden is ready, the Trust will contact families to
arrange for the relocation of the plaques and memorabilia.
Currently, we expect work to be completed on the new garden by the
end of July.
During this period, the top soil from the current garden will
also be relocated.
When the work is complete on the new garden and the plaques and
memorabilia have been relocated, the Trust will work with families
to organise an official opening of the new space.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in
Paula Brennan, Patient Experience Manager on email: email@example.com or
telephone 0800 783 5774.
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