Patients are transferred between the two hospitals according to their needs, so it was important that the design and engineering strategy supported the movement of patients in a safe and secure way. The concept of ‘patient-centric’ services has been applied thoughtfully throughout the campus. An intelligent and innovative approach to the design and engineering of the buildings was essential to allow resources to be deployed with maximum efficiency between the hospitals and across clinical departments.
NTFGH houses Singapore’s first facility to combine the functions of an intensive care unit (ICU) with those of a high dependency unit (HDU); this enables one team, in one location, to deliver critical care. Twinning ICU and HDU means that a patient whose critical condition has stabilised need not be transferred to another ward, making the provision of care seamless.
A&E is designed flexibly so that services can be scaled up to meet an influx of admissions; and the demands of events such as pandemics, mass-casualties or decontamination have been considered as part of the design process. Critical care services are planned vertically and horizontally to facilitate swift care. Built-in flexibility makes it possible to adapt A&E from everyday needs to exceptional circumstances. Planning for an ageing population, A&E is also designed with elderly-friendly features such as natural lighting and ambient temperatures.