The National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery - Gamma Knife

Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield

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The National Centre for Stereotactic Radiosurgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield has been treating patients since 1985 when one of only three Gamma Knives in the world was introduced.  

The Brief

In 2011 a new Gamma Knife was required to replace the previous model within a new purpose built facility in order to improve the frequency of Gamma Knife Radiosurgery.

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The Design

With limited natural daylight in the lower ground floor site, the team took great care in designing both staff and patient areas to promote wellbeing. An uplifting colour scheme with images of natural scenery were utilised and the layout tailored to maximise a sense of open spaces.

On a site adjacent to the main entrance to the hospital, the radiation shielding requirements and the security aspects of the project were paramount. Access to the site, both during construction and for future maintenance of the medical equipment, also influenced the layout of the unit.

The Outcome

In designing a new unit to expand the service offered in Sheffield, Race Cottam met the complex technical requirements as well as improving the patient experience.