Work on £7.5million unit to begin
4:41pm Monday 20th August 2012 in News
Work on the new Renal Dialysis Unit at Withybush Hospital is due begin this week.
Funding recently approved by the Welsh Government means that the new £7.5million unit is expected to open its doors to its first patients in February 2014.
The unit will be built at the front of the hospital, replacing the current temporary facility at the back of the site, and it will mean patients will no longer have to travel out of the county for dialysis.
As part of the construction, traffic circulation routes around the hospital site will be improved, there will be increased parking provision for patients and visitors, staff and disabled people, together with improvements to the entrance to the hospital site.
Buses will also be able to drop off and pick up at the front entrance instead of on the main Fishguard Road.
Chairman Chris Martin said: “This new Withybush Renal Dialysis unit has been designed with future-proofing and efficiency and sustainability in mind and will ensure the Renal Dialysis service can be delivered to patients at the highest possible standards fit for the 21st Century from a building which is among the best in the world.”
The new unit will be the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable building of its kind in the UK and will have a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) excellent rating which is the highest rating for energy efficiency and environmentally sustainability that can be achieved via the BREEAM accreditation system.
Energy saving measures include solar panelling to the roof, state-of-the-art lighting with sensor and daylight sensing lighting to corridors, toilets and office areas.