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The building works for our new floor - six months on!

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On the 30th October 2017, after years of planning and development, our builders, Benfield and Loxley, began the task of constructing a new floor for St Luke’s Hospital.

A lot of planning was undertaken by the team at St Luke’s before October to discuss how the standard of care, that St Luke’s is so renowned for, would continue for patients during the construction. What would be key to this project would be for our contractors to share this vision and we can report that they have been very helpful in ensuring that as little disruption as possible has occurred.


The 60-week building programme began with the first crucial phase of adding to the existing foundations of the building. Adding considerable weight to the hospital structure meant that we would need to improve its strength through additional piling. In November, ground works for new the drainage were made, and scaffolding was erected around the building.

The next key task was to create a waterproof seal over the existing roof so that the builders could remove the existing steel roof and start to add the steel frame structure what would frame the new floor.

In January we moved our reception to the rear of the building to enable work to start on the ground floor for the new reception & ladies changing room. We also commenced other ground floor works in Room 19, the Sister’s office, the gents changing room, a public convenience and a new exit to the garden.

At the beginning of March, the removal of the old steel roof finally began along with installation of the new water tanks and ancillary services.

During May, the steel frame was lifted into place via crane. This has been followed by the scaffolding being raised to enable the construction of the walls, floors and rooves using pre-fabricated panels. The base that will form the new floor itself is part-way through its installation.

Six months on and thanks to the weather, the builders are now making good progress. Their next big phase once the walls and new roof are in place will be to fit out the new floor internally. New lifts will be installed later in the year and refurbishment and renovation work of the existing first floor will commence from November this year.

Patient comfort and care, as mentioned, has been one of our main concerns for the project. The builders installed soundproofing panels between drilling rigs and patient rooms to reduce any noise as far as possible. They also used a masonry saw rather than breaking up concrete canopy with a jack hammer as that proved to cause vibration throughout the building. Internally, building areas have been boarded off and measures taken to avoid dust. We have had to evacuate one wing on a few occasions for safety reasons when the crane was operating over one wing. Everyone has pulled together to turn this into an activity including outings with 9 wheelchairs heading down the road for pub lunches at the Butcher’s Arms and the Britannia Inn which were agreed to be great successes.

Feedback has been very positive from patients and families to date. The team were well briefed to ensure that patients and families knew about the building work and what it would entail during their stay. We are continuously reviewing the situation to ensure that our standards remain high as always.

Fundraising continues to grow in momentum with £632,657 raised to date and a number of applications for significant grants in progress. The fundraising committee have recently held one of two major events this year, and an appeal to our former patients and families has been well received.

We are looking forward to the next six months as the building programme continues.



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St Luke's win prestigious award

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In November 2016, St Luke’s won the ‘Care or Support Setting Service Award’ at the Age UK Oxfordshire annual Dignity & Care Awards. The Awards have been running since 2012 to publicise and recognise where truly outstanding care has been given. Local people nominate organisations, care settings, paid staff and volunteers who have gone that extra mile to deliver real dignity in care.

Chief Executive Richard Burden and three members of his team, Matron Mrs Zannifer Mason, Sister Wendy Rha and nurse Sandra Coppock attended the event. Matron and Sandra are the ‘dignity champions’ for St Luke’s Hospital.

After the awards, Richard Burden commented: “We were delighted to receive this award from Age UK Oxfordshire in recognition of the ethos and care our staff strive to provide to all the patients in our care. This extends to our patient's family members too, who are also a big part of our work at St Luke’s.  We receive very warm and positive feedback from our patients and their families, but this award is quite special as its recognition for the staff, I am truly delighted for them.”
Pictured are Chief Executive Richard Burden, Matron Mrs Zannifer Mason, Sister Wendy Rha and nurse Sandra Coppock at the awards event in November.



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St Luke's Hospital is a trading name of St Luke's Oxford, a company limited by guarantee, and registered in England and Wales. Registration number 1989868.
St Luke's Oxford is also a registered charity registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales number 293522.

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