National Maternity Hospital, Dublin
Pending the proposed relocation of the National Maternity Hospital to a new purpose-built facility elsewhere, the practice was commissioned to interim projects addressing the immediate short-term needs of the hospital. These projects comprised a new Obstetrics Operating Theatre Suite, a new Fetal Assessment Unit and a new Neonatal Intensive Care Department. Housed in a building that dates from the 19th Century, NMH delivers more than 9,000 babies each year, making it one of the busiest maternity hospitals in Europe. The project therefore required great care and consideration in relation to works in a very confined, live, acute hospital site and in relation to the heritage of the existing structures.
The completed projects see the functioning of the overall Theatre Department greatly enhanced with new and existing accommodation working cohesively together.
The new Fetal Assessment Department now offers greater sensitivity in patient care with segregated waiting areas for Early Pregnancy, High Risk Pregnancy and couples returning for subsequent scans. Each of the new eight ultrasound assessment rooms are now equipped with large monitors that allow the mother and partner to view and discuss the scan as it is being carried out.
The new Intensive Care Department features a modern, fully automated, isolation ward with accommodation for 9 incubators. NICU, High Dependency and the Special Care Baby wards provide accommodation for a further 36 incubators giving a total Intensive Care department capacity of 40 cots
Martin Creagh of the National Maternity Hospital said:
“This project could not have taken place without the support, innovation and assistance of all the design team and staff…. It was a collective team effort and a reminder of what can be achieved with minimal resources, good design, execution, delivery and an abundance of goodwill”