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Monday, March 31, 2024

New Critical Care Department unveiled in Sheffield

A brand new Critical Care Department in Sheffield, the only one of its kind in Europe, has been unveiled for the first time.

Architects Race Cottam Associates have designed the 21.3m unit at the city's Northern General Hospital - the biggest health project ever delivered by the practice.

Key health care staff and stakeholders were given the chance to look around the flagship development during an open day last week.

The new unit, built to the new HBN specification for healthcare buildings, addresses a recognised need for improved facilities for the treatment of severely ill patients in South Yorkshire and confirms Race Cottam's reputation as one of the country's leading architects for NHS projects.

Mark Barker, lead architect for the project and a Race Cottam Regional Director, said: "The needs of patients, visitors and staff were at the forefront of our design vision and we have worked in close partnership with the Trust and health care professionals to deliver this important project.

"The result is a unit that reflects current thinking in the health care sector and a development which we hope will improve the quality of health care across the region."

Jacky Rawlins, Group General Manager Critical Care at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: "The Critical Care Department was designed to optimise the care given to patients. Both clinical staff and patient groups worked closely with the Architects and the construction team to ensure all aspects of well being for all was considered. The team also commissioned Professor Roger Ulrich, a leading authority in USA hospital design to provide expert advice in maximising the attributes of the facility to those ends.

Careful planning has given the unit an airy and quiet but professional atmosphere. The services to the building are all accessible from outside therefore disruption to the smooth running of the unit is minimised during maintenance. The result being downtime is reduced and patient access maximised."

The scheme provides enhanced facilities for staff, patients and their relatives. New wards boast a higher proportion of single rooms where healthcare staff can better cope with complex medical conditions.

The architects have maximised window openings to allow natural light to penetrate the building and provide patients with interesting views from their hospital beds. The innovative use of internal windows and special glazing also increases the ability of staff to observe patients throughout the unit.

To facilitate the space for this development a Therapy Services Unit, completed earlier this year, offers new additional treatment spaces plus gym facilities, patient changing rooms and an open plan waiting area.

The project was procured under the NHS Procure 21 principles of partnering with HBG Construction as developers.