Improving the environment for patients, as well as upgrading fire safety and reducing the risks of spread of infection for people with dementia, is a project at Rosewood House in St Saviour, Jersey.
The development is being carried out for the States of Jersey Health and Social Services Department by Main Contractors Larsen Ltd, and is financed by the island’s Fiscal Stimulus Fund. £2.7 million has been allocated to Health and Social Services to carry out the refurbishment.
Architects for the scheme are Jersey Property Holdings – Design Architectural Services; Mechanical and Electrical Engineers are Jersey Property Holdings – Design Building Services; Quantity Surveyors are Currie & Brown (CI) Ltd; Structural Engineers are C.I.C.E. Ltd and Project Managers are Rowney Sharman.
Rosewood House was built in 1983 and provides continuing care to 52 patients who have dementia and need high levels of nursing care. Over recent years, it has become apparent that the environment has become generally dated and is in need of improvement, as well as the need to introduce modern fire safety measures and reduce the risk of hospital acquired infection.
Previously the refurbishment of Rosewood House had been included in a capital bid to extend the facility in 2005. Due to cost pressures elsewhere within the States of Jersey, this project was stopped.
The condition of Rosewood House continued to decline and it has never had a major refurbishment during its 27 years existence. Added to this, recent reports related to fire risks, legionella and infection control all identified significant work that needs to be carried out.
Due to the large amount of work involved in the project and the disruption to the patients, it was identified at an early stage that half of the patients within Rosewood House would need to temporarily move to an alternative care environment.
The project presents an exciting opportunity to significantly improve the living conditions and upgrade the safety facilities for this vulnerable patient group. Upgrading the ward layout, flooring, lighting and bedroom facilities will have a direct impact on the level of comfort provided to the patients and will also improve staff working conditions.
Mental Health Service Manager Ian Dyer said: “The Rosewood House scheme has been identified as needing updating for some years. He added that both patients’ comfort and staff working conditions would be improved by the renovations.
Treasury Minister, Senator Philip Ozouf, said: “This is an excellent example of how fiscal stimulus funds can provide employment to support the island’s economy during these challenging financial times, while improving the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”