Reconfiguration Increases Capacity at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
IBI Group has completed a £4million refurbishment and expansion of the accident and emergency services at The Royal Oldham Hospital to include dedicated paediatric facilities.
The redevelopment has enabled the hospital to serve growing patient numbers, providing more treatment bays, support accommodation and improved links to critical care facilities.
“Our design supports the patient journey through a carefully considered layout and interior design strategy,” said IBI Group’s Neil Donelon. “The team worked closely with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to create a non clinical environment for adults and children alike, helping to reduce the anxiety patients experience when visiting A&E.”
IBI Group’s interior design team developed a themed children’s admission area and a welcoming adult reception as part of the design strategy. The paediatric facility is fun and engaging, incorporating a reception desk that resembles a bus with working headlights and scrolling information display. The waiting and play area are themed around an urban park with roads, pavement and grass surfaces suggested within the floor covering. Wall protection represents fences, hedges and trees and a replica illuminated traffic light leads the route through to the paediatric treatment area where the urban theme continues with highway signage and double yellow lines.
The reconfiguration project was phased to keep the busy A&E department fully functioning throughout the works conducted by Vinci Construction UK.