Strategic refurbishment at Freeman Hospital complete
Work has completed on a strategically important ward refurbishment project at Freeman Hospital to create an environment for care that is supportive to clinical staff, and reassuringly calm for patients.
The transformation forms part of the Newcastle Hospitals Internal Improvement Programme, which is a result of the estates strategy developed by The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Medical Architecture. As well as the continuation of clinical ward refurbishments, this phase of work includes upgrades to a set of prominent lift lobbies and circulation spaces. The works were delivered by Robertson Construction.
Working to a consistent design standard, particular attention is given to design for patients with dementia and frailty, as well as technical standards and guidance compliance, working within the constraints of the existing structure. The aesthetic is light and bright, with good quality and well-coordinated ceilings, lighting fixtures and finishes. Working with the Trust’s dementia team, an artistic approach to wayfinding was developed to aid those with cognitive impairment, with different rooms and spaces identified by their own unique local landmark. Biophilic design principles were incorporated in the upgraded circulation and lobby spaces to improve the environmental qualities of these high-traffic spaces.
Attention to detail was crucial, as space was often limited. This included making sure that furniture was well-planned and considered, to provide optimal facilities for clinicians. Generously sized equipment bays were also provided to ensure that circulation spaces are left clutter free and accessible.
These strategic upgrades will make a big difference to the experience of patients, staff, and visitors, demonstrating that relatively modest but well-planned interventions, can create high-quality spaces that deliver excellent value to the Trust.