KEMH Acute Care Wing Very Near Completion

September 4, 2014

After extended work and a successful campaign to raise the millions of dollars necessary to complete it, the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital [KEMH] Acute Care Wing is set to open to the public, with the new department to open its doors on Sunday, September 14 at 12.01am.

The Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Dialysis, Oncology, and five surgery theaters, as well as three wards on three floors totaling 90 beds, will be housed in the new wing.

Hospital Bermuda, August 19 2014-24

With the project now in its final transition period, the Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] has released its last monthly update before the public utilizes the Acute Care Wing [ACW].

A BHB spokesperson said, “We are now in the final stages of the transition period during which BHB have been undertaking final training, trial movement of patients from the existing facility to the ACW and maintaining the security of the new wing.

“BCM McAlpine has been completing the last deficiencies to the clinical areas and final clean prior to BHB completing the clinical clean. Paget Health Services [PHS] has commenced the facilities management [FM] works through their FM services provider, Black & McDonald.”

Hospital Bermuda, August 19 2014-10

Inside the new wing, there are a number of final activities taking place, including:

  • Training: Final training of BHB staff is ongoing and the final DI training is about to commence.
  • Security: BHB is now in control of security within the building.
  • Environmental Services: BHB has now commenced the clinical clean of the floors in preparation for opening.
  • Information Technology Services [ITS]: BHB’s ITS team has been busy installing computers on the clinical floors and other associated equipment.
  • BIO-Med: BHB’s bio-med team are carrying out the calibration, cleaning and installation of mobile medical equipment.
  • Clinical Areas: Floors 5, 4, 3 & 2 have now been taken over by BHB for clinical cleaning. The Ground and First floors will be ready for clinical cleaning on September 6.
  • Link Connections: The Link works are complete apart from a final builders clean. BHB has tested movement of patients, materials, food and laundry services between the General Wing and the new Acute Care Wing.
  • Mechanical plant rooms: Final balancing of equipment, controls integration is taking place to complete the Building Automation System [BAS].
  • Installation of artwork: All artwork has been installed along with the Donor Recognition plaques.
  • Certificate of Completion and Occupation: ongoing inspections and testing of life safety systems by BFRS has been ongoing with the final inspection scheduled for the 5th September. Following final sign off the Department of Planning will issue the Certificate of Completion and Occupancy.
  • The Move: Preparations are in place to move transfer items medical equipment and medical records from the General Wing to the ACW over the move-in weekend.

The outside of the wing is nearing completion as well, with only contractor’s site offices left to be removed. Recent outdoor work has included:

  • The outside of the building is complete.
  • Hard landscaping is complete. The engraved donor pavers have been installed through the Bermuda Hospitals Charitable Trust.
  • Soft landscaping is complete apart from additional planting to a few areas.
  • Final installation and commissioning of the few remaining cameras and duress stations has been completed.
  • The contractor’s site offices will be removed over the weekend of the September 6 and 7.

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  1. The Underground Movement says:

    A lot of time,and Money spent on a place were no one wants to go.
    Most people want to go abroad to get medical treatment nowdays not the KEMH.

    • ya right says:

      Just a pure negative comment about nothing. It’s sad, there is so much negativity in this small island.

  2. Errin Butterfield says:

    Very nice facility by the looks of it. It is very much needed for Bermuda. Congratulations to all involved in this project. I hope that we have the doctors to go along with this new facility.

  3. House of horror got a face lift……we need malpractice insurance!