A brand new, £2 million state-of-the-art education centre has opened in Doncaster.
Situated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), the new centre boasts videoconferencing facilities, a 140-seated lecture theatre and four training rooms. The creation of the centre has boosted patient care within the hospital and allows junior clinicians and students to access in-depth, live footage of operations which take place in DRI’s Theatre Six, which is used for keyhole surgery.
RH Fullwood was the main contractor on the project, with funding for the project provided by Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s capital programme.
Director of Postgraduate Medical Education at Doncaster & Brassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Joanne Sayer, said:
“The new centre marks an exciting opportunity for the Trust to improve support for education and training of all staff groups, including doctors. The enhanced training will improve multi-professional team working and be of great benefit to patient safety and comfort.”
The focal point of the new centre is the 140-seated tiered lecture theatre with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment to enhance audience/presenter interaction. Meanwhile, the four training rooms can be interlinked to the lecture theatre, acting as an overspill to view presentations, whilst a dedicated suite provides easy access to e-Learning programmes.
As with all new build projects at the Trust, energy efficiency was a key focus of the centre’s design. Both the walls and the roofing was insulated to the highest specifications, whilst LEDs and smart technology lighting was installed throughout.
Waveform Services Ltd was responsible for the electrical installation works on the new education centre at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Discussing the importance of the project, John James, Managing Director of Waveform Services Ltd told Premier Construction:
“Projects such as the new education centre at Doncaster Royal Infirmary are very important to us as they are the core focus of our work. Waveform Services Ltd has a longstanding history with Doncaster Royal Infirmary and we previously completed work on an orthopaedic facility at Montagu Hospital.
“In addition, around 25 years ago I worked as the mechanical and electrical engineer at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, so this is a site which I am very familiar with.”
“At Waveform Services I am very proud of the work that we conduct. Many of our members of staff have been with us for a considerable amount of time and we continue to up skill them, in order to improve what we have to offer.”
Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of acute medical services at three hospitals – including Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, Montagu Hospital and Doncaster Royal Infirmary – as well as at a number of community locations. In addition, the Trust provides outpatient services at Retford Hospital and rehabilitation services at Tickhill Road Hospital, Doncaster.
For more information about Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust please visit: www.dbh.nhs.uk.