Building Better Healthcare Award
Described by the judges as ‘brimming with innovative technologies’ and providing a ‘wholly patient centred design’, Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert has set a new benchmark in future healthcare estates.
The largest recent NHS construction project in Scotland, the development distinguishes itself from other designs by providing individual access and movement arrangements for patients and staff and facilities management traffic. This means that services like laundry,catering,cleaning and waste are all based around a network of corridors separated from those used by the patients and staff and visitors. Serco robots ‘man’ these corridors, carrying out traditional facilities management duties and freeing up staff to work on the fronline with patients. This divsion also helps greatly with infection control and means the building can be kept clean with minimal disruption to patients and other users.
Choosing it as the winner, category head judge, Kevin Oxley said:
“The team behind this project has clearly embraced the QIPP efficiency agenda. This is a flagship development and a model I am looking to adapt in my own trust in the future. It is a big-hitting scheme.”