Oncology & Haematology, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
Oberlanders are currently working with RMF under Frameworks Scotland 2 on a programme of works at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Oncology and Haematology are part of a phased series of related projects to ensure that the present Cancer Care services are improved and maintained until the proposed new Regional Cancer Centre facility is built on the site.
Oncology Enabling involves a number of separate works within Ward 1, the Cancer Assessment Unit and selected inpatient wards within the Edinburgh Cancer Centre. For Ward 1, works focus on the provision of improved treatment facilities; staff facilities, and waiting areas. Alongside these works is a proposed upgrade to the Satellite Aseptic Pharmacy, located within Ward 1, enabling the Pharmacy to increase its production and dispensing facilities.
A dedicated and purpose-built Cancer Assessment Unit will be created in a former administration floor. This will bring current facilities up to a more compliant standard; improve the patient experience; and allow a more efficient staff workflow. Our experience of live healthcare environments will ensure the best final environment is created, with the least disruption to the surrounding areas.
The Haematology inpatient and day case patient facilities are currently separated. The refurbishment will create a fully integrated Haematology facility with significantly improved facilities. The two existing inpatient wards are located on the top floor of the existing oncology block. Their refurbishment will include internal alterations to create en suite single bedrooms to replace current multi-bed rooms. A roof top extension will provide new meeting and office spaces. The floor immediately below the wards will be converted from its former use as laboratories to form new multi chair and single room treatment areas for day patients. The design team have consulted with the staff users and patient representatives to develop an interior design that will give the new centre identity and make the patient experience less stressful.