The redevelopment at Chesterfield Royal Hospital provides a new patient-focused one stop department for a range of women’s health treatment services and also redevelops the hospital’s adjacent inpatient ward. Meetings with staff and patients identified staff productivity, cost efficiency, improved patient privacy and dignity, and the creation of a friendly, welcoming hospital environment as key priorities for the redevelopment. This brief had to be achieved within an existing 1980’s octagonal ward layout with a centralised nurse base that was very disorientating.
To respect the dignity of patients and visitors, the scheme provides a separate waiting area, WC and circulation route adjacent to the three spacious treatment rooms. The early pregnancy assessment unit was also a key area, designed as a one way system so that patients would not have to walk back through the waiting area after their consultation. En-suite facilities were added to multi-bed bays so patients would not stray into corridors, and the six bed bays were replaced with four bed bays to increase space for staff and visitors. Extra bed space was provided by combining staff facilities, allowing new flexible single bedrooms in the crossover area between the two wards.
“The new accommodation for the Women’s Health Unit has improved the overall patient experience. The layout of patient accommodation and consultation rooms allows significantly more patient privacy than experienced prior to the refurbishment. Staff are therefore able to care for the patients with minimal disruption and improved privacy and dignity. Patients comment on the overall feeling of calm that the fixtures, fittings and art work bring” - Claire Lambie-Fryer, Senior Matron