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To make sure our buildings fit the care we provide, we're planning a series of improvements to our buildings. See details of our planned work below.

  • St Thomas' Emergency Floor development

    St Thomas' A&E department is one of the busiest in London. We see on average 380 patients a day, which is more than 135,000 patients per year, with approximately 20% of those patients being admitted to an inpatient bed for further treatment.

    We work hard to see and treat patients as quickly as possible. The national target is to see and treat 95% of patients within four hours; we met this standard in 2012/13, but this will become more difficult as we experience increases in both the number of patients and how ill they are. The current department is too small - this is why the Trust is investing £20 million to rebuild the A&E department at St Thomas’ and redesign the whole ‘pathway’ of emergency care for seriously ill patients who need to be admitted to hospital.

    This will improve the environment for patients with a greater percentage of single rooms with en suite facilities; dedicated facilities designed with the needs of patients presenting with mental health conditions, older people and those patients with dementia. There will also be a separate children's short stay unit for those needing treatment for less than 24 hours.

    The project will also improve the emergency care pathway by moving our two acute medical wards, which admit most patients from A&E, from the 9th and 10th floors of East Wing to the ground floor, so they are much closer to the department.

    At the same time staff are working hard to improve the way that care and the service is provided in the future. Some patients come to us who would be better treated elsewhere, for example in the Urgent Care Centre at Guy’s or by their GP. We will be working with GPs and community staff to provide better alternatives.

    All emergency care services will remain open throughout the redevelopment, which started in March 2014 and is due for completion in 2017.

  • Mary Seacole memorial statue

    Plans are underway to erect a bronze statue of Crimean war heroine and nursing icon Mary Seacole at St Thomas'. Funded by the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal, it will be the first statue to honour a named black woman in the UK. 

    A site dedication event was held on 9 July 2014 at St Thomas'. Jamaican born of Scottish-Creole descent, Mary Seacole set up a 'British Hotel' behind the lines during the Crimean War, which helped wounded servicemen on the battlefield. She was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991, and in 2004 she was voted the greatest black Briton. 

    The commissioned statue will be unveiled summer 2016 and will stand in the gardens of St Thomas' opposite the Houses of Parliament.

    There is a precedent for hosting memorials to key figures from history at St Thomas', and given her historic contributions to the field of nursing, a memorial to Mary Seacole is an appropriate addition to the cultural landscape of the hospital.

    Mary Seacole memorial design boards

    The planned design for the Mary Seacole memorial statue

    Mary Seacole factsheet

    Factsheet explaining who Mary Seacole was, about the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal and how you can support
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  • Theatre upgrade programme

    After the installation of the new twin modular theatres at St Thomas', a theatre upgrade programme is underway in the main operating theatres.  This includes the installation of state of the art laparoscopic equipment.

    Increased theatre capacity at our Evelina London Children's Hospital is also underway and a second set of twin modular theatres were delivered in January 2010. This will allow the transfer of complex surgery for children from Lewisham Hospital to take place later this year.

    Improvements to the theatres have also recently been completed, increasing our orthopaedic capacity and helping to meet national waiting time standards.

We want to hear your views

We want to place the views of staff, patients and visitors at the heart of our thinking.

For more information about our planned developments, please email 2020vision@gstt.nhs.uk

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