The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth’s HJE 2020 development celebrated a significant milestone yesterday with the completion of its roof.
Chairman Sir Mark Allen CMG and CEO Caroline Fox performed a ‘topping out’ ceremony to mark the laying of the final external part of the main structure of the building.
The £40m HJE 2020 project will create seven hi-tech theatres, which includes a Day Case Suite and will be the most modern in the UK.
There will also be an Admissions Lounge, a new Imaging Department and Consultant Rooms. Casualty First, the Hospital’s urgent care centre, will double in size as part of the 45,000 sq ft development.
Sir Mark Allen CMG said, “Extending The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is an important project that will give us the privilege to care for even more people in the very best healthcare environment.”
Mrs Fox added, “We are proud of everything we have achieved in our 162 years and this development demonstrates how we continue to drive innovation to provide outstanding care and an exceptional patient experience.”
The Hospital provides surgery, medical care, outpatient and diagnostic services for children, young people, and adults. The new building, due to open in early 2021, will extend the care that the Hospital can offer and is part of a redevelopment across the Hospital. It follows a recent £3.5 million ward refurbishment.
The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, based in St John’s Wood minutes from Central London, is an independent charitable hospital. Every visit helps to support the on-site St John’s Hospice which provides palliative care, free of charge, to over 4,000 people and their families every year.