Construction and equipment group Interserve has delivered a new 28-bed ward at Royal Preston Hospital, providing extra capacity for treating Covid-19 patients in the UK.

The extra Ward 5 capacity is intended to support Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s coronavirus response.

Interserve Construction received contract to deliver the new ward within six weeks. Rider Hunt served as project manager and quantity surveyor, with Gilling Dod as architects and Pettit Singleton & Skelton Ward as engineers.

Recently, Interserve delivered the new NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham for Covid-19 treatment and also installed a suite of decontamination units at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

Royal Preston Hospital offers multiple services. It houses approximately 700 beds, operating theatre complex, outpatient and education facilities.

The hospital recently established a new Covid-19 antibody testing facility. The test is designed to inform the medical team if a person has had the infection.

This Covid-19 testing is said to provide insights into the total number of people infected, in turn helping the nationwide track and trace initiative.

Interserve Construction divisional director Phil Shaw said: “The Interserve team at the Royal Preston Hospital have done an outstanding job in turning this project around at short notice demonstrating our expertise and capabilities in supporting the NHS.

“As a long-term contractor to the NHS, under several framework agreements, we bring considerable experience and wide-ranging capabilities to deliver even at the shortest notice as witnessed by our work in Preston and at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.”

Last month, the company started work on a new £14.5m Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services inpatient unit in West Yorkshire, UK.

The new facility is a joint venture between Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH) and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT).