Hospital trust to mark completion of new main entrance with opening event

Patients, visitors and staff will mark the completion of the new main entrance area at Southampton General Hospital at an official opening event on Friday (29 July).

The development includes a large and spacious waiting area, baby changing and fully-accessible toilet facilities, travel information screens and a new reception desk.

In addition, the project has seen the introduction of a range of new food outlets, including Subway, M&S Simply Food and M&S Café.

The League of Friends shop, Costa Coffee, the hospital pharmacy, WHSmith and the Stockshop remain within the entrance in renovated and improved facilities and locations.

The £2.5m scheme is being funded by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s commercial partner Interserve Prime as part of an agreement that will see revenue from the entrance and retail area reinvested into NHS services.

The opening will be combined with the launch of the hospital trust’s LiveWell and inspire programme, which aims to improve health and wellbeing among staff, and a celebration of the organisation’s diverse workforce.

As well as a dedicated self-referral clinic for staff with musculoskeletal problems, the trust has already introduced voluntary health checks for staff over the age of 40, mindfulness support, and advice to support lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, weight management and increasing physical activity.

Among the activities on the day will be stands providing information on diet and healthy living advice from expert dietitians, an opportunity for weight, BMI and blood pressure checks as well as alcohol support, while the Southampton Hospital Charity team will host a raffle and highlight upcoming fundraising events.

The trust’s catering partner Medirest will have representatives available to talk about healthy choices strategies in the Spice of Life restaurant, Costa, M&S and Subway, along with some food tasting and free bottled water.

All of the food brands in the new look entrance have signed up to the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, which includes pledges such as calorie, salt and saturated fat reduction, non-use of artificial trans fats and the inclusion of range of fruit and vegetable options.

Fiona Dalton, chief executive of UHS, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating the completion of this project with as many patients, visitors and staff as possible as a thank you to them all for their patience and to highlight some of the benefits the new entrance brings.

“It is also a great opportunity to link our drive to improve health and wellbeing among staff, as well as our patients, visitors and members of the public, and we hope to provide an insight into some of the fantastic developments taking place here to help us achieve that.”

The event, which will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by young patients from Southampton Children’s Hospital, will take place at Southampton General Hospital on Friday (29 July) from 10am to 12pm.

Posted on Tuesday 26 July 2016