Planners approve new ward for children at Bradford Royal Infirmary

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: An artist’s impressions of the new block at Bradford Royal Infirmary An artist’s impressions of the new block at Bradford Royal Infirmary

The building of a new multi-million pound ward block and Zen garden at Bradford Royal Infirmary has been given the green light by planning chiefs at Bradford Council.

But although bosses at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust insist they are committed to the plan, they say it is still early days for the scheme that is likely to house paediatric services.

The planning permission gives the Trust three years to start the work. If it does not happen within that timeframe, an application to renew permission will have to be made.

In 2011, after a consultation involving the public, staff, patients and Trust governors, it was announced that children’s services had beaten cancer services as the speciality to make the new block its home.

It will also include a Zen garden with gravel raked into wave shapes, as well as car parking .

At that time the block’s construction cost was put at about £28 million, but two years on that sum is likely to have changed, according to a hospital spokesman, who said tenders had still not been put out for the project.

The spokesman said: “We’re committed to modernising our hospital estate and reinvesting money to improve our services for patients. However, it’s still early in the process and we are a long way off from construction.”

When the project goes ahead the new development is likely to include wards for other medical services as well as paediatrics, a revised rear entrance with improved access, space for retail outlets such as a shop, coffee bar and restaurant and a new reception area.

The ward block, on the hospital’s site off Smith Lane, is the biggest single part of a capital programme which would see £75 million spent on improving patient care in Bradford’s hospitals over the next five years, but the delivery of that programme is also dependent on the Trust’s financial performance.

The Trust has also applied for planning permission to build an extra car park with 147 spaces for the public on the former Springfield Complex site in Squire Lane with lighting and CCTV.

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7:06am Mon 13 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?
I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that? Joedavid
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7:14am Mon 13 Jan 14

Albion. says...

Joedavid wrote:
I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?
There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?[/p][/quote]There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit. Albion.
  • Score: 2

7:50am Mon 13 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Albion. wrote:
Joedavid wrote: I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?
There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit.
Is it now staffed and used?
I ask as for a long, long time it was reported that staff were not employed to run it as intended.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?[/p][/quote]There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit.[/p][/quote]Is it now staffed and used? I ask as for a long, long time it was reported that staff were not employed to run it as intended. Joedavid
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8:38am Mon 13 Jan 14

idleone says...

Joedavid wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Joedavid wrote: I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?
There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit.
Is it now staffed and used?
I ask as for a long, long time it was reported that staff were not employed to run it as intended.
On the occasions I've taken my children to BRI the children's A&E was closed. On enquiring I was told it was due to staffing levels leaving my young son to sit with alcoholics, people swearing profusely and watching one person vomit. Totally unacceptable and frightening for a young child. I now use LGI for my children and refuse to visit BRI A&E unless for myself. Get your priorities right for goodness sake. Unless this unit has a dedicated A&E for children it's not needed.
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: I recall the building of a children's A&E at the BRI what happened to that?[/p][/quote]There still is a separate childrens section to the A&E unit.[/p][/quote]Is it now staffed and used? I ask as for a long, long time it was reported that staff were not employed to run it as intended.[/p][/quote]On the occasions I've taken my children to BRI the children's A&E was closed. On enquiring I was told it was due to staffing levels leaving my young son to sit with alcoholics, people swearing profusely and watching one person vomit. Totally unacceptable and frightening for a young child. I now use LGI for my children and refuse to visit BRI A&E unless for myself. Get your priorities right for goodness sake. Unless this unit has a dedicated A&E for children it's not needed. idleone
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9:24am Mon 13 Jan 14

buffetlegs says...

This follows a recent report of the BRI failing, especially in the A & E, because of inadequate staffing. Is there anyone with common sense in the National Health?
This follows a recent report of the BRI failing, especially in the A & E, because of inadequate staffing. Is there anyone with common sense in the National Health? buffetlegs
  • Score: 4

9:27am Mon 13 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Thanks Idleone seems this Trust not got their priories right then and failing us again like last weeks report on insufficient staff.
T&A needs to investigate the A&E children's dept. and also if the new ward will be staffed.
Thanks Idleone seems this Trust not got their priories right then and failing us again like last weeks report on insufficient staff. T&A needs to investigate the A&E children's dept. and also if the new ward will be staffed. Joedavid
  • Score: 3

12:36pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

A Zen garden! Management should fix the basics first. BRI recently brought further shame to Bradford by being bottom of the heap when it came to clinical competence and safe staffing levels.

Grandiloquent building projects are typical of a failing management's diversionary tactics. Pointless busy work to keep everybody distracted. You can't help thinking of Fred the Shred spending all his time on the new RBS headquarters whilst his bank foundered taking all our taxpayers' money with it.

Surely it's time to de-privatise the NHS and get some patient centred hospitals instead.
A Zen garden! Management should fix the basics first. BRI recently brought further shame to Bradford by being bottom of the heap when it came to clinical competence and safe staffing levels. Grandiloquent building projects are typical of a failing management's diversionary tactics. Pointless busy work to keep everybody distracted. You can't help thinking of Fred the Shred spending all his time on the new RBS headquarters whilst his bank foundered taking all our taxpayers' money with it. Surely it's time to de-privatise the NHS and get some patient centred hospitals instead. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 3

1:37pm Mon 13 Jan 14

basil fawlty says...

Any improvement to an existing hospital should normally be welcomed but aren't the days of this hospital site numbered? Most of the BRI is housed in old buildings that would not have been tolerated in any other large city. A replacement hospital should have been built years ago and relocated somewhere that was more easily accessible. It is no wonder that standards at the hospital are being questionad as attaining staff of the highest quality and in sufficient numbers is bound to be affected by the poor facilities available.
Any improvement to an existing hospital should normally be welcomed but aren't the days of this hospital site numbered? Most of the BRI is housed in old buildings that would not have been tolerated in any other large city. A replacement hospital should have been built years ago and relocated somewhere that was more easily accessible. It is no wonder that standards at the hospital are being questionad as attaining staff of the highest quality and in sufficient numbers is bound to be affected by the poor facilities available. basil fawlty
  • Score: 5

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