The BEACH building is named to represent Births, Emergency care, And, Critical care and child Health – a hospital by the sea.
It was named by University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) following a consultation with staff and stakeholders and will contain beach-themed wayfinding and artwork.
Richard Renaut, UHD chief strategy and transformation officer, said: “The BEACH Building is clear, logical and descriptive – it also sets us apart as being a ‘hospital by the sea’.”
The idea for the name came from Lisa Stooks, a librarian in the Trust’s library and knowledge service, who took part in an extensive engagement to suggest a name for the building.
Debbie Fleming, UHD’s chief executive, said: “In deciding what to name the new building we wanted something that will stand the test of time as well as acknowledging the range of clinical services within.
“The BEACH Building was way by far the most popular name considered, and was supported by representatives of all the clinical teams who will work in the building.
“We are so grateful to Lisa for her suggestion and were delighted that she was able to join us to announce the new name.”
She added that it is a significant milestone as they move towards a single site for emergency care.
Debbie said: “The transformation of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital site is well underway providing brand new patient facilities for top class care.”
The new building will open in autumn 2024 and forms part of the £250m transformation of UHD’s hospitals, which has recently had final HM Treasury approval. The total programme of works runs up to 2026 and includes investment to develop Poole Hospital as the major planned care hospital for east Dorset and ambitious plans for its Christchurch Hospital to support ongoing patient treatment.
On completion The BEACH Building at RBH will contain:
- A new emergency department – larger than current Poole and Royal Bournemouth Hospital facilities put together
- A new maternity and children’s unit
- A new critical care unit with capacity for up to 30 beds
Other planned developments on the RBH site include a purpose-designed pathology hub providing a modern, flexible testing capacity.
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