Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH)

Building Use

Discharge Suite

Project Duration

16 Weeks

Procurement Method


Why hire from Portakabin

Project Features

  • 20 seat discharge lounge with a full kitchen
  • Two four-bed discharge wards
  • Two five-bed wards and two single wards
  • Pharmacy
  • Utility
  • Welfare and staff room
  • Office and sister’s office
  • Two nurses bases
  • Eight-bay emergency assessment ward
  1. The Requirements

    NNUH had an urgent requirement as part of the hospital’s winter preparedness plan and needed to free up more beds in other wards and reduce instances of bed-blocking during the busiest time of the year for the NHS.

    The projects were very time sensitive and needed a bespoke design which would work long-term for the hospital and be multipurpose to allow the board to approve investment. Other suppliers would not commit to the time but NNUH recognised the commitment made during the process from Portakabin.

    A traditional bricks and mortar approach simply couldn’t have been achieved on such a challenging programme so the Trust turned to offsite construction experts Portakabin to turn around the project in time.

  2. The Solution

    The project came together in just four months and delivered a 20 seat discharge lounge with a full kitchen serving hot and cold food as well as two 4-bed discharge wards for those being returned to care or sheltered accommodation. The building also has two 5-bed wards and two single wards with all the ancillary facilities you would expect including a pharmacy, utility, welfare and staff room, office, sister’s office and two nurses bases. The RAT centre has an 8-bay emergency assessment ward for quick turnaround assessment to ease pressure on A&E.

    Returning home can be a lonely and confusing time for some patients and this building is key to helping to promote independence, prevent social isolation and promote well-being therefore helping to reduce the risk of re-admittance.

We know we have pressures during the winter period and this suite is about encouraging earlier discharge of patients. It’s a collaborative project with our ward teams. Our vision is to enhance patient experience and be their next step to home.

Sarah Balderstone, Matron, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

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