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A 3D visualisation of the pathology facility that is being built at St James University Hospital, UK

11 May 2020

Mott MacDonald appointed digital and innovation healthcare advisor by The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT)

Mott MacDonald has been appointed digital and innovation healthcare advisor by The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). Working with sub-consultant Atos and a panel of specialist digital health advisors, Mott MacDonald will support the preparation of a digitally led design brief for a new hospital building in Leeds City Centre as well as a new pathology facility at the St James University Hospital (SJUH).

As part of the Leeds Hospital of the Future Project, the programme will transform healthcare for patients in the region by creating a state-of-the-art hospital in the city centre. Covering 90,000m2, the new hospital will include a new children’s and adults’ hospitals, as well as new operating theatres and critical care facilities. These are intended to be connected to the retained Jubilee building which shall remain the primary acute services building, and which shall continue to operate as the major trauma building.

The Trust also plans to build a new 5000m2 high-tech and efficiently designed pathology facility at the SJUH site which will centralise its pathology services as one of several newly established hubs across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. This new facility is intended to be one of three specialist blood sciences hubs and the single microbiology hub for the region.

Karel Bos, Mott MacDonald’s account leader for LTHT, said: “We’re delighted to broaden the services we’re offering to LTHT with this digital appointment. It builds on mechanical, electrical and public health, civil and structural engineering services our local Leeds teams are providing to support the outline business case and the site enabling works.”

Digital technology and innovation are radically changing the way in which patients access and use clinical services and how healthcare providers deliver them. LTHT has an ambition to develop a 21st century healthcare estate that will facilitate best in class digital opportunities.

As digital and innovation healthcare advisor, Mott MacDonald’s Smart Infrastructure team will drive the digital agenda and support the development of the design brief and roadmap, to ensure the new facilities are designed with digital at their heart. This will enable the hospital buildings to respond to continuously evolving technology, innovation and the future needs of healthcare patients and staff. Working with LTHT, a unified systems solution and approach will be developed that creates a digital fabric across the physical estate and provides ubiquitous patient improvement, whilst delivering an optimal and a personalised patient experience.

The vision for the digital hospital will be focused on the following core themes:

  • Continuity and improving patient care, optimised processes, time and cost efficiency.
  • Personalisation of care and interaction for every patient.
  • System wide healthcare focusing on reduced stay, supported self-management.
  • Adaptability to accommodate future evolution in technology and service demand.

Karel continues: “As part of the government’s £2.7bn Health Infrastructure Plan to build new hospitals, modernise the primary care estate and invest in new diagnostics and technology, we have an opportunity to work with the LTHT and set a benchmark for all hospitals in the UK to learn from.”

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