BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is proud to announce that the design for the UK’s first Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre, a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and The Linde Group, has been named as the Best Acute Hospital Development in the annual Building Better Healthcare Awards.
The centre in Redhill, Surrey, which was officially opened in October 2014, was designed by architects Murphy Philipps.
The awards were presented in London on Wednesday 4 November at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Gethin Jones.
The REMEO® Respiratory Centre is the result of a landmark public-private partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, BOC Ltd and REMEO Healthcare Ltd, the latter two being subsidiaries of The Linde Group.
It is the first public-private partnership to establish such a service, in line with NHS England’s plans to develop specialist respiratory services.
Andrew Harvey, Head of BOC Healthcare and REMEO Healthcare, says: “I am delighted that the design for the new Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre has been recognised with this award. This is great recognition of the hard work and tremendous collaboration between the team at Murphy Philipps and staff from BOC Ltd, REMEO Healthcare Ltd and our partners at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to bring the Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre to fruition. It is the UK’s first purpose-built weaning and home ventilation centre.”
The design of the unit, which is situated in the grounds of East Surrey Hospital, near Redhill in Surrey, was shaped by patients and their families in consultation with hospital staff and architects Murphy Philipps.
The brief included how best to deliver a positive rehabilitation environment. Suggestions about ward layout, overall design, ability to access the garden areas, and private areas for families to meet together have all been incorporated into the final design.
The Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre operates as a satellite to the renowned Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.
The new centre was funded by BOC and is run by REMEO Healthcare, which oversees the staffing of the centre, while medical care is provided by specialists from Guy’s and St Thomas’.
With extended visiting hours and a relaxing and homely environment, the centre aims to improve outcomes in complex respiratory patients. By moving patients out of intensive care wards and into a multi-disciplinary specialist unit, the Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre also releases hospital intensive care beds for other acutely ill patients.
Award judge Andy Law said: “I can imagine myself getting better in a place like that.”
The award comes just one year after the hospital was officially opened by Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, CBE, Chancellor of the Open University and Chair of Go ON UK, the digital skills charity.
The Lane Fox REMEO Centre has also won or been nominated for the following awards: Civic Trust Awards – Regional Finalist; IHEEM Awards – Shortlisted for ‘Project of the Year’; International Academy for Design and Health – Highly Commended for ‘Best Health Project under 40,000sqm’; Architects for Health Awards – Winner of ‘Best New Building’; Architects for Health Awards – Overall Winner; RICS Awards – shortlist ‘Design and Innovation’; and Health Investor Awards – nominated for ‘best private-partnership’; World Illustration Awards – shortlisted for Lara Harwood's murals.
Further Lane Fox REMEO Centres are anticipated in other parts of the UK in due course via the franchise model developed between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and BOC.