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New 30m 'flat-pack' wing for Sunderland hospital

Flat-pack wing of Sunderland Hospital
It will take about 20 days to complete the new wing

A Wearside hospital is taking delivery of a new £30m wing that was pre-built 100 miles away.

The five-storey complex at Sunderland Royal Hospital, features three 40-bed wards and an Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU).

The new wing consists of 108 modules built for City Hospitals Sunderland by a company near Scunthorpe.

Described as one of the UK's biggest modular buildings, the project will take 20 days to complete.

Project manager for Derrick Kershaw Partnership, which was part of the design team, said: "The new ward block has been designed so staff and patients will never realise it was built in a factory and transported on the back of lorries to the hospital."

Wards in the new wing will be a combination of 12 single rooms and seven four-bed bays, each incorporating a nursing station.

Jim Robinson, head of design at City Hospitals Sunderland, added: "The new wards will be a flagship of patient care and medical excellence for the trust.

"The current ICCU, set up in 2000, cares for about 1,200 patients a year, with 100 staff offering both intensive care and high dependency, for those who need a high level of nursing care.

"The new 18-bed unit will be one of the most advanced in the country and, along with the three wards, its development has generated interest throughout the NHS."

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