When relocating a hospital or hospital ward there is a multitude of aspects to consider and carefully arrange. Here we share three key elements to plan for, and explain how Johnsons project managers can help with the hospital moving process from communication and preparation to aftercare and specialist support.
Communicate with staff and patients
Communication is key throughout any hospital moving project – whether you’re relocating a ward, swapping operating theatres or changing an entire unit. Organise meetings with all members of staff to ensure that they are kept in the loop throughout the process. Although they may not be directly involved with the move itself, they are going to play a very important role as they maintain a standard of service and keep things running before, during and after. You’ll also need to arrange communication with patients in accessible, written form.
Discuss the process with upper management and stakeholders
Upper management and stakeholders will need to be aware of the move and everything involved within the process – not only from a service provision perspective, but also from a financial viewpoint. Any medical moves are sensitive and must be handled with care and consideration for all parties – so management will be conscious of this and will need to be thoroughly briefed and understand what and who is involved at every step of the way.
Ensure specialist project managers are on hand for a smooth relocation
Hospital moves are always complex – therefore specialist project management provision and detailed preparation are essential. Expert project managers will be able to oversee the hospital moving process in its entirety, ensuring that everything is accounted for and taken care of. They can also liaise with third parties on your behalf, and even advise on the consultation and communication stages. This professional support offers complete peace of mind at a time when disruption and disturbances need to be kept to a minimum.
At Johnsons we’ve been helping laboratories, research facilities and hospitals to relocate for over fifty years. Get in touch today to discuss your specific requirements with our dedicated team of expert lab movers and project managers.
“We have very positive feedback from the end users regarding all the crews involved in the move. Indeed at a steering group meeting this week one of the senior scientist not only praised the move teams but also requested if the same teams could be used for the move into the CL2 building next year.”The Pirbright Institute
“The Johnsons team worked well with our own internal project team to make the overall move a success. The main phase went without any significant issues, and this was a testament to the close management and supervision of the Johnsons team at both sites during the 3 days of the move.”Mark Garrod, Redx Pharma
“We have a good working relationship and specifically use Johnsons as they are competitive, always turn up on time with the correct number of operatives, and their removal team is always courteous which matters especially when patients and our staff are affected.”David Shepherd, Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
“Johnsons Laboratory Logistics have been providing relocation services to us for a number of years now. They are competitive, reliable and trustworthy.”Iain Ramsey, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust