St. Vincent’s University Hospital is the major acute teaching hospital serving the south-east of Dublin city. The 470 bed hospital provides over 40 medical specialities including the National Centre for Adult Cystic Fibrosis, the National Liver Transplant Unit, and is one of 8 specialist national cancer care centres in Ireland. Since 1997, STW has maintained and updated the Development Control Plan for the hospital, and has been privileged to oversee the delivery of over £300 million of capital projects on the campus in that time.
St.Vincents University Hospital
Dublin 4, Ireland
This, seven-storey over basement ward block provides 100 inpatient bedrooms, designed to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards. The building includes specialist wards for liver disease, haemo-oncology and the national referral centre for cystic fibrosis – the latter comprising a 20 bed inpatient unit and 10 bed day ward.
The wards have been designed in compliance with the latest HBN 04-01 guidance and incorporate our latest thinking in design for patient dignity and safety. This includes the provision of single bedrooms with out-board ensuite bathrooms designed to minimise patient falls and to allow full visibility of every patient head from a series of decentralized nursing stations.
Bedrooms are sufficiently large to accommodate overnight stays by relatives and also feature wi-fi access, advanced patient entertainment systems and additional storage for personal effects – all designed with the specific needs of this young, immuno-compromised patient cohort in mind.
This is an exemplar “Smart Ward” design by STW. This capacity provided by this project also facilitates the phased upgrade of the existing 6-bedded wards in the hospital which fall short of modern standards of infection control and patient dignity.