Following a competitive interview process, Northern Ireland's
South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust initially commissioned
WGI, in association with another architect, to carry out an
analysis of its sites and properties to assist in preparing its
strategic development plan. The Critical Care Complex became one of
the identified redevelopment phases and WGI's second commission for
the Trust. The brief centred on designing a new build extension to
the existing hospital to accommodate seven state-of-the-art
theatres, endoscopy facilities, 16-bed intensive care unit, central
sterilisation department, laboratory facilities and administration
offices. WGI's role as healthcare planners began with user group
meetings to discuss the hospital's clinical planning.
The resulting design for the complex, hailed as one of the most
technologically advanced healthcare buildings in the UK, embodied
the latest best practices. The layout maximises efficiency and
optimises patient flow through surgery, recovery and ITU, with
sterile services and laboratories close by to minimise delays.
Future expansion is also fully catered for in the design, catering
for expected increase in demand.
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