Building for the future

At the end of 2013, Yeovil District Hospital (YDH) began a process to identify a Strategic Estates Partner (SEP) to provide an intelligent estates strategy function to assist the Trust with estates rationalisation; capital programme planning, financing, procurement and construction project management; and also strategic transformation planning; procurement and contract management of FM and Facility Support Services. As with most Trusts, YDH own and manage its estate, but lack the skills to ensure its use is maximised in both the short term, but also for the future longevity of the organisation.

This selection process was concluded in November 2014 with the formation of the Yeovil Estates Partnership (YEP) – a joint venture with strategic estates partner, Interserve Prime. With a strong track record in healthcare, the partnership enables the Trust to improve its estate and clinical facilities, benefiting from investment and specialist expertise to deliver key strategic projects.

The construction of the new multi-storey car park and link road was the first gateway project, improving capacity, while preparing the estate for the development of new health and social care facilities. Other key schemes delivered through the partnership have included a new Special Care Baby Unit – creating a centre of excellence for neonatal care – and a 24-bed Emergency Assessment Unit, to ease winter bed pressures.