It’s been confirmed that Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s state-of-the-art £37.5million clinical building, Waterfall House, will officially start welcoming patients and families in January 2018.
The facility, which will be home to a world-class cancer centre, the first rare diseases centre of its type in the UK and new theatres, will open in stages to young people throughout the course of the month.
Work continues on putting the finishing touches to the building, which represents the biggest single investment at the hospital’s Steelhouse Lane site, to ensure everything is in place when the doors open.
The phased opening is planned as:
- Monday 8 January – Rare Diseases Centre
- Monday 15 January – Day Case and Short Stay Surgical Centre
- Monday 22 January – Oncology, Haematology and Haemophilia Centre (both inpatients and outpatients)
Appointment letters are now being sent out to families, who are being asked to check to ensure they know their appointment is in Waterfall House.
The eye-catching building, located on Whittall Street, has four floors and will boast features such as single en-suite rooms, age-specific play areas, a teenage common room, parent facilities adjacent to the Stem Cell Transplant area, dedicated quiet rooms for families on each floor, chill out rooms and sensory room.
The ground floor is bright and airy with a café leading to a courtyard which is designed for relaxation and entertainment. With a full sized adult changing area, large sized toilets, as well as a breastfeeding and toddler feeding space.
Experts at construction company Interserve have been hard at work on the state-of-the-art building since April 2016.
Michelle McLoughlin, Chief Nurse at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“It’s all systems go now as we work towards welcoming our first patients and families to Waterfall House in stages throughout January. We really can’t wait and it’s so exciting as we near the completion of the project; seeing years of planning and work become a reality.
“So many people have played a part, not least our supporters of both our Cancer Centre and Star Appeals which together raised almost £8million.
“It will make such a huge difference. We pride ourselves on offering outstanding care to our children and young people, but this new building will give us the world-class facilities to match.”