New Critical Care Unit at William Harvey Hospital

Updated 10 June 2021

Some of our sickest patients will benefit from a brand new, state of the art critical care unit currently being built at William Harvey Hospital. 

The new two-storey, 24 bed unit, is currently being built next to Kennington and Richard Stevens wards, thanks to a successful bid to secure £14 million national NHS investment.

Following hard work by the build team to prepare the ground, the foundations and steel frame are now in place.

Sections of the new unit, currently being built in Hull, will start to be craned into position during June and July.

Jane Kirk Smith, Critical Care Matron at William Harvey Hospital says: “After months of planning it’s so exciting to see our new unit taking shape. 

“We’re working really hard behind the scenes to get everything ready for the new unit to open this autumn. Thanks to the many teams involved, helping us improve the experience and facilities for our patients, their loved ones and our staff.”

Dr Mark Snazelle, the Trust’s lead doctor for Critical Care says: “This new unit will be a welcome boost for our team and ensure that we have the best possible environment to care for our most critically ill patients.”

Download poster for wards and corridors. 

How the new Critical Care Unit will look
How the new Critical Care Unit will look

We are working hard to keep the disruption to a minimum while the new unit is built. Thank you for your patience while we improve your hospital. 

Hospital entrance

The hospital entrance next to Richard Stevens Ward will close from Sunday 20 June for four weeks, while this work takes place, reopening on Sunday 18 July.

Kings Wards

The new unit will connect into the Kings wards on the first floor of the hospital. Work on a new corridor will start on Monday 26 April, affecting Kings B ward for four weeks. We are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. Thank you to everyone involved for their patience and flexibility during this time.  

Road diversion

A temporary road diversion is in place on the perimeter road, near the laundry, to make space for a large crane to be positioned next to the build site. This will enable the road to remain open while the new unit is being built. Please drive carefully during this time. 


The car park outside Richard Stevens and Kennington wards is now permanently closed to make way for the new ITU. The car park next to the laundry is temporarily closed until the new ITU opens.

An extra 140 staff parking spaces have been created on site, including a new staff car park opposite Montfort Manor Care Home and 100 extra spaces in the existing car parks next to One Ashford Hospital and the helipad.  

Hot parking permit holders can use the visitor parking at the front of the hospital for four hours. See a parking attendant on arrival or before leaving to collect an exit pass for the barrier.

Ambulance Bay

Patient transport ambulance bays, previously located in the car park outside Richard Stevens and Kennington wards, have been relocated next to the Channel Day Unit.

Mobile MRI

The mobile MRI unit has been relocated to the front of the hospital, opposite the emergency department.


We apologise for any noise disruption for staff and patients in adjacent wards while the new unit is being built.