Laing O’ Rourke for Somerset Primary Care Trust
    South Petherton, Somerset, UK
    £18 million
    P21 procured Community Hospital

Centre of Excellence for Stroke and Neurological care

South Petherton Community Hospital is a centre of excellence for stroke and neurological care for the local health economy and SHP worked closely with the PCT project team to develop the output specification and briefing material to design a state of the art clinical facility for this purpose. The centre includes inpatient beds linked to rehabilitation facilities. It also provides co-ordinated outpatient care through an integrated Health and Well-being Centre, which includes provision of a ‘one stop shop’ facility. Emergency admissions to the primary care unit are via direct referrals from GP practices, the Out of Hours service, and the emergency care general practitioner service. Proactive management of long-term conditions are also supported through planned admissions to the primary care unit, wherever possible with direct referrals received from the multidisciplinary team.

SHP Roles and Responsibilities

SHP worked with Laing O’Rourke to develop South Petherton Community Hospital, which has 32 inpatient beds. 16 of which are dedicated to specialist inpatient stroke rehabilitation, together with a range of community healthcare services. This hospital introduced a new model of care for stroke patients with an aim of significantly reducing the length of stay in an acute hospital and providing care close to home. SHP continued to work with the PCT and the building Design Team to ensure that the operational and clinical requirements were delivered in the physical solution, and within the budget. SHP were able to provide a pivotal role in delivering capital and revenue savings by reviewing the clinical requirements and making suggestions to provide more flexible multi purpose accommodation, efficiently arranged and with greater utilisation which would enable the Trust to deliver the required clinical activities within a reduced footprint.