Peterborough City Hospital has been delivered on time and on budget
It is the biggest building project in Peterborough since the cathedral was finished 800 years ago, and patients can soon use its new facilities.
Peterborough City Hospital opens to the public on Monday 15 November 2010.
"We've tried to do this since 1994, so this is a real achievement," explained Angela Broekhuizen, project manager.
The hospital project included the new Cavell mental care unit, as well as the city centre health clinic, and altogether cost £335m.
The new Peterborough City Hospital replaces Peterborough District Hospital (PDH) and the Edith Cavell Hospital.
It has been funded by a private finance initiative. Brookfield Services will look after the hospital for the next 35 years.
'What our patients deserve'
One of the most important improvements for city residents is that the new hospital will be able to deliver radiotherapy.
Up until now, cancer patients have had to make a 100-mile round trip to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, for their daily treatment.
Around 95% of them will now soon be spared that exhausting journey.
Staff describe the new hospital's facilities as 'state-of-the-art'
Kanchan Rege, a consultant in the cancer unit, said: "It's really what our patients deserve.
"They've had to put up with second class facilities at Peterborough District Hospital, which is a shame to say, but we're really going to give them state-of the-art stuff."
Mothers will benefit from a new maternity unit and the old accident and emergency department at PDH will be replaced with an Emergency Centre.
This is different from a traditional accident and emergency department, explained Angela Broekhuizen the hospital's project manager.
"What we've tried to do is ensure that all of the staff are in the right place if patients come in for an emergency treatment," she said. "Whether they walk in through the doors, come in by ambulance or are sent in by their GP."
Considerable thought has also gone into reducing the amount of time patients need to spend walking around the hospital.
"What we've tried to do is design the whole hospital around the patient journey," Ms Broekhuizen continued.
PETERBOROUGH CITY HOSPITAL
Used 280 miles of cable
Used 9 miles of drainage
Used 3,500 square metres of window glass
Used 87 miles of pipework
Used 6,900 tonnes of steel framework
Used 70,000 tonnes of concrete
"Currently at the moment a lot of our patients have to travel around the district hospital and Edith Cavell through many, many corridors to get to and between their departments, and we've tried to get away from that."
Concerns have been raised about insufficient parking for staff at the new hospital, but Ms Broekhuizen believes that has been resolved.
"We've had to allocate parking permits, and also some park and ride for some of our staff who don't work shifts," she said.
"But the majority of our staff on shifts, the consultants and medical staff, are able to park on site."
The hospital has worked closely with Stagecoach and the Health Hopper number 7 bus is already in service, to bring people from the Edith Cavell area to Bretton.
The move from the existing hospitals to the new Bretton site will happen slowly over the next few months.
Edith Cavell Hospital's services begin this process. The majority of outpatients' services, the X-ray department and the pharmacy will be the first to open on Monday 15 November.
By Wednesday 17 November the remaining Edith Cavell wards will move to Peterborough City Hospital.
Accident and emergency will be at the new site by 2pm on 3 December.
By April 2011 the new radiotherapy unit will be up and running.