Barking MP building 'disaster'

BARKING MP Margaret Hodge has branded Queen s Hospital a design disaster for patients and visitors. The Culture minister has attacked the �200million PFI hospital in Romford for having nine miles of corridor, rooms without windows and unmovable fire doo

BARKING MP Margaret Hodge has branded Queen's Hospital a design "disaster" for patients and visitors.

The Culture minister has attacked the �200million PFI hospital in Romford for having nine miles of corridor, rooms without windows and unmovable fire doors for frail patients.

But Catalyst, the property company behind the 4,500-room hospital, said Queen's was easily accessible with five entrances and benefited from a smart concentric design, with a "core" for theatres, treatment and X-ray departments and wards around it to cut journey times.

Catalyst added that unlike "Nightingale" type Victorian hospitals, the design meant Queen's could not have windows in every room and that fire doors were by definition heavy.


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Mrs Hodge said: "Queens Hospital is very poorly designed. On my frequent unannounced visits to the hospital it is not uncommon to see elderly or disabled people struggling to navigate the nine miles of corridor."

She also told Building Design: "We have ended up with a building that is a bloody disaster."

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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust declined to comment but a Catalyst spokesman said: "You have to have corridors to move around. You can't escape that.

"Nobody has to walk nine miles of corridor. That's why we have a hospital with five separate entrances.

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