BOC has announced that the design for the UK’s first Lane Fox REMEO® Respiratory Centre, a partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and The Linde Group, has been named as the Best Acute Hospital Development in the annual Building Better Healthcare Awards.

The awards were presented in London on 4th November.

The REMEO® Respiratory Centre is the result of a landmark public-private partnership between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, BOC Ltd and REMEO Healthcare Ltd, the latter two being subsidiaries of The Linde Group.

It is the first public-private partnership to establish such a service, in line with NHS England’s plans to develop specialist respiratory services.

The centre in Redhill, Surrey was officially opened in October 2014. It operates as a satellite to the renowned Lane Fox Respiratory Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London.

With extended visiting hours and a relaxing and homely environment, the centre aims to improve outcomes in complex respiratory patients. By moving patients out of intensive care wards and into a multi-disciplinary specialist unit, the Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre also releases hospital intensive care beds for other acutely ill patients. So much so that award judge Andy Law said, “I can imagine myself getting better in a place like that.”

Andrew Harvey, Head of BOC Healthcare and REMEO Healthcare, said of the award, “I am delighted that the design for the new Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre has been recognised with this award.”

“This is great recognition of the hard work and tremendous collaboration between the team at Murphy Philipps and staff from BOC Ltd, REMEO Healthcare Ltd and our partners at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to bring the Lane Fox REMEO Respiratory Centre to fruition. It is the UK’s first purpose-built weaning and home ventilation centre.”

Further centres are anticipated in other parts of the UK in due course via the franchise model developed between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and BOC.