Preparing accommodation for Children’s Wheelchair Charity following COVID-19 changes to site

Midford House, Bath

Background

Site: Midford House, an office building at St Martin’s Hospital Site

Customers/stakeholders: Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BSW CCG), Designability (Tenant), Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Trust (Requestor)

NHSPS representatives: Dan Cox AssocRICS, Property Manager, Will Underwood, Junior Leasing Manager

Customer feedback

“Great collaborative work between NHSPS, the CCG and local trust which has enabled a vital service to continue its work from a temporary site during the COVID-19 pandemic. NHSPS worked swiftly and proactively to identify and implement a solution with all stakeholders consulted and updated at the appropriate stages. Many thanks to NHSPS colleagues for their support."

Graham Wilson, Strategic Estates Lead, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG

Challenge

The local NHS Trust needed assistance accommodating Designability – a charity specialising in the WhizzyBug Children’s Wheelchair – for them to continue their work during a period the Trust need more space within their main hospital site for COVID-19 activities.

Solution

NHSPS teams quickly identified suitable space in their portfolio, proposed occupation terms, and set out a plan to get Designability onto site. In the space of a few weeks, we handed over the keys having negotiated a flexible agreement, provided support in ensuring all required services were up and running as well as clearing the space in preparation for occupation.

Impact

Swift collaborative actions across NHS organisations ensured business continuity for a valuable children’s charity during the COVID-19 pandemic and took pressure off the main hospital site so that the Trust could maximise COVID-19 support for the community.

Supporting the NHS during COVID-19

We have recommissioned and reconfigured space across our estate during COVID-19 to provide additional capacity for treatment and testing, delivering space for over 1,000 beds so far.