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Back in March we decided to waive our framework fees on all project that were procured through our frameworks in response to Covid-19. Meaning that the cost of works, services and goods would be the only thing a client would pay for when procuring through Pagabo.
We were delighted to report a positive uptake in clients utilising our frameworks as a quick and compliant way of getting on site with works that were essential to combating the coronavirus pandemic.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust take advantage of PPN amendment
In response to Grantham’s Covid-19 recovery effort, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust utilised our Refit and Refurbishment Framework, appointing Lindum Group to transform a disused poultry hatchery into a new physio clinic for the local area.
A dedicated team behind the project
Following their appointment, Lindum’s team worked into the night and over weekends to transform the vacant poultry hatchery into the new physiotherapy treatment centre.
Two construction teams from Lindum worked shifts between 7am to 11pm to get the unit ready for NHS patients.
The project was part of a major effort by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust to temporarily transfer outpatient and diagnostic services from Grantham and District Hospital into community locations.
A safe and secure site
Grantham hospital has been turned into a ‘green’ site, which means it is being kept Covid-free. This means it can be used to treat urgent surgical and cancer patients who previously had their treatment delayed by the pandemic.
To keep the hospital safe, the Trust had to relocate some public services and has been working to find alternative locations from which to operate.
Food producer Moy Park offered its disused hatchery in Gonerby Road, Grantham, and the Trust appointed Lindum to transform the building following a Direct Award.
Shaun Cass, Contracts Manager at Lindum Group had two site managers on the project, one working an early shift and the other working a late shift. He had this to say:
“In all, it took nine weeks to complete and we are really happy with how the work progressed. It’s also very satisfying to be part of the NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
As well as the physiotherapy service, ULHT has relocated other clinics to the Gonerby Road Health Clinic. These include ultrasound, radiology and x-rays, cardiac physiology, audiology for adults and children, respiratory physiology, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, gastrological clinics and diabetic eye services.
Andrew Morgan, Chief Executive of ULHT said: “As a board we had to make some important decisions about turning Grantham and District Hospital into a temporary Green site so we could carry out essential urgent and cancer surgeries.
“To date, we have now undertaken 882 surgeries, as well as being able to deliver chemotherapy treatments to over 50 patients a day at Grantham and District Hospital.
“The Gonerby Road Health Clinic will ultimately be able to cater for up to 250 patients a week in clinics that include orthotics, MSK physiotherapy, Neuro Physio, Women’s health Physio, Rehab Medicine, Dietetics and possibly paediatrics.
“This development gives us two extra Outpatient clinic rooms, which will also give us capacity to see an extra 130 people a week. Meanwhile, if the Xray is working at maximum capacity it can treat 30 patents a day.”
Emma Hesbrook, Regional Relationship Manager at Pagabo said: “We were delighted to play our part in bringing an essential new NHS site to Grantham.
“Because the project qualified under ‘Procurement Policy Note 1/20: Responding to COVID-19’ we were also more than happy to waive our fees to ensure all public money was spent on bringing the new service into operation as soon as possible.
“We feel real pride in being able to support the NHS and the suppliers in this way at such an important time.”
Everyone at Pagabo is delighted to have played a small part in supporting our great NHS and hope to continue this as we work together to help the covid recovery.
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