Craigavon Hospital's new addition opens to the public
Surgically inserted into the ageing infrastructure of Craigavon Area Hospital, the new Trauma and Orthopedic Centre officially opened by the Minister for Health on 21st April 2010 provides state-of-the-art theatre facilities where patient dignity, infection control and a healing environment were key elements of the brief.
The Centre, which contains three ultra-clean laminar-flow theatre suites, a seven-bed recovery ward and a fifteen-bed orthopaedic ward, has been hailed by the Minister for Health as a 'world class facility' and has set the standard for future theatre development in Europe and further afield. The new accommodation links directly to the existing hospital internal theatre street allowing bed-bound and ambulant patients privacy and dignity from admission, through both surgery and recovery to final discharge.
At the heart of the Centre is the suite of three unique theatres that utilise the latest innovative skirt-less ultra-clean laminar flow ventilation canopies to control airborne infection during surgical procedures. The operating table sits centre stage, in a slightly darkened theatre-like environment with the backdrop of the surgeons control panel with integrated PACs monitors on an individual colourful feature wall. The effect is stunning, providing a dramatic and stimulating working environment for staff, with the individual colour themes continuing out into the recovery and ward environments where the colors become a means of way-finding where rooflights create spotlights of intense colour deep in the plan.
Innovations include the new high pressure laminate wall panel system with colour coordinated glued joints which aid infection control, contribute to the robust but refined detailing evident throughout. Details such as blinds integrated into glazed screens, negative step skirting details and copper ironmongery along with ample provision of daylight and individual room colours all combine to create a healthy and healing environment.