New emergency generator installed at Doncaster Royal Infirmary in time for winter

A new emergency generator has been unveiled at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) which will help to power the hospital through potential future developments and in the event of a power outage.

The generator has been installed at the Women’s Hospital building at DRI as part of a multi-million pound electrical infrastructure project that is currently underway at the hospital. The Trust is investing in the extensive upgrade in order to increase the electrical capacity of the hospital by 70%, which will also help with future developments across the site.

Having unveiled the new facility in time for the winter months, the Trust is already well under way with the next phase of the project. Visitors to the hospital throughout autumn may have noticed construction work which has taken place on a new high voltage substation, which will house a new mains incoming power supply, and new high voltage equipment.

Further works are planned to begin in the coming weeks to upgrade the electrical infrastructure in the Women’s Hospital itself and also to distribute the increased power from the generator to all areas of the hospital. The modernisation and upgrade of the electrical distribution network at the hospital is scheduled to continue over the next five years.

Dr Kirsty Edmondson Jones, Director of Estates and Facilities at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “Investing in the core electrical infrastructure at Doncaster Royal Infirmary means that the Trust will be in a strong position to develop services if needed in the future, ensuring that we continue to meet the care needs of local people, whilst maintaining high standards in the best possible environment.”

It is hoped that the additional power created by the new generator will enable the Trust to realise its plans to construct a new CT suite in Doncaster in order to improve care for cancer patients, along with providing the infrastructure for further developments in the future.