The driving principle behind our approach is to exploit every opportunity offered by the almost total rebuild of KWH to weave future-proofing initiatives into the very fabric of the new hospital. This means creating flexible building engineering services that will comfortably accommodate current technologies, such as computer tomography (CT) scanners and allowing for future technologies.
This flexibility is being designed to also meet sudden surges in patient numbers, for example, by supporting spaces for disaster contingency or an epidemic of infectious disease.
Enhanced isolation facilities, easily accessible from A&E and ICU, are designed to reduce the risk of the spread of infection. Isolation facilities with more than 140 beds are designed to be negative pressured. In addition, facilities with approximately 100 beds are convertible from “normal mode” to “isolation mode” in the case of an outbreak of infectious diseases.
Other features of the new building include 20 operating theatres, an ambulatory care centre, specialist out-patient department, new oncology unit, maternity centre and an expanded, state-of-the-art A&E department.