Stepnell Tops Out Main Entrance At Queen Alexandra Hospital

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A MAJOR topping out milestone has been reached as part of entrance renovations at Queen Alexandra Hospital (QAH) it is completing on behalf of the Portsmouth Hospitals University (PHU) NHS Trust.

The completion of the main entrance roof marks significant progress to extend and enhance the hospital’s entrance. Works will now continue to finish the rest of the structure in time for opening in spring 2024.

A stronger partnership between neighbouring NHS trusts will help tackle the long-standing challenges of delivering healthcare for the Isle of Wight and ensure the provision of high quality, safe, and sustainable services to all the populations they serve.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust will take the logical next step in their Acute Services Partnership and this project will support continued engagement with partners and the public to shape the way forward.

The main entrance will include accessible toilet and changing spaces facilities, a lecture theatre, conferencing and boardroom facilities which will all support the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust partnership. As well as a new M&S Food store and clothing store The Stock Shop. Stepnell is also expected to start works to the north entrance once the main entrance is completed.
Rob Speirs, director at Stepnell, said: “This significant milestone marks the fantastic progress we have made on the entrance works, in which we are helping PHU NHS Trust to create an accessible, functional and welcoming main entrance space for hospital staff, patients and the public and support the partnership between the two Trusts.

“While construction has been ongoing, we have made sure to limit disruption through installing a temporary side entrance and hoardings around the area of construction, closing the main revolving door at the existing entrance.

“With the main entrance nearing closer to completion, our attention will soon turn to focus on refurbishing the north entrance, which will include a reception, Costa Coffee and consultation areas, due for completion in autumn 2024.”

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