First glimpse inside new Hatfield hospital
PUBLISHED: 12:17 14 September 2017
One Hatfield Hospital, Hertfordshire's newest hospital, received a special visitor as the mayor of Welwyn Hatfield dropped in for a look around.
Councillor Lynne Sparks, who lives close to the development, swapped her chain of office for a hard-hat, as she met the construction team for a special behind the scenes tour of the multi-million pound facility.
The new hospital on the Hatfield Business Park will bring a range of new healthcare facilities and services to the area when it opens in November, in a purpose-built facility, equipped with the latest diagnostic, medical and surgical technologies.
As a neighbour, Mrs Sparks said she was impressed with the plans and progress.
The One Hatfield hospital will have three theatres, 10 consultation rooms, 18 inpatient beds, 14 bedrooms for day care patients, a physiotherapy gym and outpatient diagnostic facilities, which include fast-track access to X-ray and MRI.
It will employ around 150 staff, many from the borough, in a variety of roles from consultants to hotel services.
The two-story building on Hatfield Avenue will have 122 free car parking spaces for visitors and staff, plus a covered area for bicycles, as well as charging points for electronic vehicles.
The hospital has a managed recycling plan, the latest roof-top solar panel system for optimum electrical generation, plus a Combined Heating and Power (CHP) unit which also produces electricity.
Sound-shielding walls have been incorporated around the roof-top air ventilations systems to reduce noise to neighbours.
Mrs Sparks said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, the building and facilities are very impressive.
“As well as the new jobs that the hospital will create, I was particularly interested to learn how both One Hatfield Hospital and Conlon [the builders] have not only worked hard to create a building that is sensitive to the surrounding neighbourhood, they’ve also worked to build positive relationships with local residents and assure me they will continue to play an active part in community life.”
One Hatfield Hospital will be the second hospital in the One Healthcare group, and will be working with the NHS to reduce waiting times, as well as with insured patients and those who choose to pay for their own care.