Work on the new Lincoln Medical School has continued over the last few months despite lockdown and is due to be completed this spring.
The £21 million University of Lincoln facility will include a range of laboratories such as clinical skills suite, an anatomy suite and a category 2 science laboratory.
It will also feature lecture theatres, laboratories, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, and a dedicated science library.
To aid medical students’ learning, a clinical skills suite with mock consultation rooms (simulating hospital wards or a GP surgery) will be installed. This will give them access to the latest technologies so they can explore the latest developments in healthcare.
A new footpath is now in use alongside the Janet Lane-Claypon building, with further landscaping work taking place at present.
The building will also provide students with a dedicated Bio-Medical & Health Sciences Library and social learning spaces for medical students.
Professor Danny McLaughlin, Dean of medicine at Lincoln Medical School, said: “The Lincoln Medical School will have a major positive impact on the health and well-being of the people of Lincolnshire, training over 400 students a year.
“We have created a medical degree programme that provides an excellent student learning experience, an inclusive and caring environment, and an even greater number of outstanding medical graduates for the National Health Service.
“Creating a medical school for Lincolnshire has been an aspiration for many years and we are now realising that goal. It’s something the whole community can be proud of, and which will serve the people of Lincolnshire for generations to come.”
The Bio-Medical & Health Sciences Library will be a purpose designed space, located on the 1st floor of the Medical School Building. The library will bring together the University’s collections covering medicine, life sciences, pharmacy, chemistry, nursing and allied health & social care.
As the second largest county in England with a rural and ageing population, Lincolnshire has traditionally struggled to recruit and retain doctors and other healthcare professionals – something the new facility hopes to address.
It is hoped the new Medical School in Lincoln will address future projected shortages of doctors by offering first class training that will encourage graduates to complete their junior doctor training locally and apply for jobs in the region.
The building will be most environmentally friendly on the Brayford Pool campus and features photovoltaic panels on the roof and walls to provide zero carbon electricity, a host of efficient hybrid heating and ventilation systems, as well as a living ‘green’ wall on the five-storey building.
PV panels have specific advantages as an energy source: once installed, they will generate no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions.
The Lincoln Medical School is part-funded by Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (GLLEP).