60-year-old hospital gets a facelift
The New Victoria Hospital in Kingston upon Thames opened the doors to its new reception and outpatient suite this week.
The town’s mayor, Councillor Thay Thayalan; and David Marshall, hospital chief executive, greeted the first patients to the new facility.
The event marked the completion of an extensive £30m redevelopment at the hospital.
The new entrance and reception lead into a modern, fit-for-purpose outpatient facility with increased capacity. This includes 12 consulting rooms, a cardiac diagnostic room, and five treatment rooms with equipment for colposcopy, audiology and phlebotomy services.
Marshall said “We are so excited building work is finally finished and we can reveal our new main entrance, which sits alongside Coombe Lane West.
Our patients will continue to receive the quality of care we have always provided, but this will now be in a five star environment and our staff will be able to do their jobs in a more-comfortable environment in purpose-built facilities
“For the first time people can see the hospital from the road and, in addition to the entrance and reception, we have gained a redeveloped outpatient department with more space.
“Our patients will continue to receive the quality of care we have always provided, but this will now be in a five star environment and our staff will be able to do their jobs in a more-comfortable environment in purpose-built facilities.”
He added: “The hospital has been here for 60 years and my vision is to develop it for another 60 years.
“It’s recognised as a leading provider of safe, robust health services, and has an excellent reputation and this redevelopment will further enhance our position in the local community.”
The redevelopment completes the construction of The Victoria Foundation Wing, which opened in 2016. This houses four state-of-the-art theatres, a new 14-bed day surgery unit, and a CT scanner with cardiac diagnostic facilities.
The building was designed by Murphy Philipps Architects.