New QEII hospital

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[Robert Wheatley, Lifestyle Editor | Cathal Charker, News Director]

The New QEII hospital had its official opening on 6th November, by the Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, the Minister of State for Community and Social care, as well as Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens.

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The event was attended by various NHS staff and patients including 27-year-old Phil Nicholls, a member of local group for people with learning disabilities, the Purple All Stars. Phil, along with Welwyn Garden City resident, 10-year-old Evan Taylor, helped unveil the commemorative plaque alongside the Chief Executive.

New facilities include the Urgent Care Centre, which is open 24 hours a day; outpatient services; diagnosis and day treatments; out of hour GP services and different therapy services.

UniVerse were given a tour of the new facilities, the designs were reminiscent of something you would see in a gallery or museum. Each section was sleek, modern, but perhaps most importantly, colourful and attractive.


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UniVerse came across Dagmar Louw, one of the Senior Sisters, who showed us the artwork on the walls. These can be seen throughout the hospital: wonderful, surrealist landscape paintings that really suit the new facilities.


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What was also taken into consideration were the needs of young adults and children, for which a specific outpatient area was created on the second floor where they will also receive their occupational therapy or physiotherapy. While more suited to younger children, the interiors were bright and cheerful.


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The new hospital’s design was a result of a competition between architects. The winners, Penoyre & Presade, have also designed other health facilities, their design was chosen for its accessibility and inspirational design.