Health on the High Street™: join our WEBINAR SERIES as we discuss Community Diagnostics on Your High Street
Health on the High Street™ webinar
23rd February 2022 | 1-2pm
Health Spaces, the UK’s only healthcare construction company dedicated to NHS fast-track design and build, turnkey solutions for new build or re-purposing projects, has launched a webinar series dedicated to discussing topical and current issues for NHS clinical providers.
Join us on 23rd February 1pm – 2pm as we talk to Ashleigh Boreham, deputy director of design and transformation at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, and Jaime Bishop, founder of Fleet Architects to discuss the innovative Community Diagnostic Centre which been launched in a shopping centre in Poole.
With funding becoming available this April, we will be exploring Community Diagnostic Centres (CDC) as a series: from design and build, the role played by Health on the High Street™, to preparing and submitting a successful Strategic Outline Case (SOC).
In part one Ashleigh Boreham Dorset CCG will be explaining how University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) re-purposed the top floor of a Beales store to create an NHS clinic to tackle waiting lists.
Jaime Bishop will talk through Health on the High Street, focussing on Fleet Architect’s Wolfson Economics Prize submission, A Well-Placed Hospital, which was shortlisted as a finalist in the 2021.
Click here to register for our webinar on Wednesday 23rd February 1pm-2pm.
Building a way out of the backlog…
Long before the recent pandemic, high streets across the country have been in a gradual stage of decline with many high street retailers closing stores and leaving behind large empty premises that result in a reduction of footfall for neighbouring businesses, leading to further decline and an unwanted social outcome.
On the other side of cities and towns, and in typically less central locations, hospitals are already full to capacity with little or no means to physically expand, leading to ever-growing waiting lists.
Reducing patient waiting lists
A national first, Poole’s shopping centre CDC was based upon ideas used to create the Nightingale Hospitals and COVID-19 vaccination centres, which also used re-purposed buildings. Ashleigh explains: “Using retail space is going on elsewhere in the country but to work within an existing retail space and create something built simply for the outpatients, for diagnostics and assessment, is quite different and I think it is a first.
“Using retail space is going on elsewhere in the country but to work within an existing retail space and create something built simply for the outpatients, for diagnostics and assessment, is quite different and I think it is a first.”
The department store, within the Dolphin Centre shopping mall, is one of 23 that closed after retail chain Beales fell into administration, but the Poole branch reopened in August 2020 under new ownership. The clinic, which is now run by up to 30 staff and 21 volunteers, started to see its first patients in November or December, with patient numbers now at approximately 130 patients a day with a plans to expand to 300, and services including breast screening and diagnostics for orthopaedics, ophthalmology and dermatology.
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust manages the three main hospitals in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Join us on 23rd February to hear Ashleigh and Jaime discuss the project and Health on the High Street in more detail.
Ashleigh Boreham, Dorset CCG
Ashleigh is deputy director of design and transformation at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. Working with UHD, Ashleigh as part of a team set up the first CDC in England using re-purposing methods. Ashleigh is an experienced healthcare specialist with a demonstrated history of working in hospital and the healthcare industry.
Jaime Bishop, founder of Fleet Architects
Jaime is a healthcare architect and founded Fleet Architects with Richard Henson. Fleet formed to pursue high quality design in the public and social sectors, including healthcare, community and education. Last year, Fleet Architects were shortlisted as a finalist in the Wolfson Economics Prize awards for their submission: A Well-Placed Hospital.
Jaime is an executive board member at Architects for Health, a forum for sharing best practice, knowledge, innovation and thought leadership relating across the built environment. Architects for Health give members the opportunity to share thoughts and learning as part of a vibrant and engaged healthcare community.
Health on the High Street™
How we can help to reduce hospital waiting lists
As a dedicated NHS construction company, Health Spaces have supported NHS Trusts across the UK to create clinical spaces in vacant retail and light industrial buildings.
Health on the High Street™ offers a very simple solution to solve two high-profile social and economical issues: helping to alleviate hospital pressures and waiting times while bringing footfall and life back to ailing high streets.
Health Spaces offer NHS Trusts an operating lease of fully fitted, fully compliant, multi-purpose clinical spaces in high street locations throughout the UK. This is a fast-track and cost-effective way of upscaling capacity, and is proving a popular way of tackling growing RTT waiting times in elective care.
The Health on the High Street™ model is also an excellent solution for accommodating Community Diagnostic Hubs in the region.
Images: © University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust