Northern General Hospital Critical Care Department
The brief called for an 18-bed ITU ward at ground floor and an 18-bed HDU ward at first floor, with at least 50% of bed spaces comprising single bedroom accommodation. Isolation rooms were included to provide a ‘clean’ environment for barrier nursing, whilst maximized window openings improved natural daylight and enabled better views from the bed locations.
The building’s relatively shallow floor-to-floor height dictated the use of a concrete frame in order to create the largest possible service void. Positioning mechanical duct work on the outside of the building also allowed us to meet the requirement for all service maintenance facilities to be kept outside the fabric of the building.
The building now offers improved ward areas, plus a higher proportion of single rooms which ease the task of treating complex cases. It also provides an improved environment for patients, relatives and staff.