IBI Group completes £4m refurbishment and expansion of Royal Oldham A&E

Work includes creation of dedicated paediatric facilities

The new unit includes a dedicated paediatric department

IBI Group has announced the completion of work to enhance and expand A&E facilities at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

The redevelopment has enabled the hospital to serve growing patient numbers, providing more treatment bays, support accommodation and improved links to critical care facilities.

“Our design supports the patient journey through a carefully-considered layout and interior design strategy,” said IBI Group’s Neil Donelon.

“The team worked closely with The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to create a non-clinical environment for adults and children alike, helping to reduce the anxiety patients experience when visiting A&E.”

The improvements include the creation of dedicated paediatric facilities.

IBI Group’s interior design team developed a themed children’s admission area and a welcoming adult reception as part of the design strategy. The paediatric facility is fun and engaging, incorporating a reception desk that resembles a bus with working headlights and a scrolling information display. The waiting and play area are themed around an urban park, with roads, pavement and grass surfaces suggested within the floor covering. Wall protection represents fences, hedges and trees and a replica illuminated traffic light leads the route through to the paediatric treatment area where the urban theme continues with highway signage and double yellow lines.

The reconfiguration project was planned in phases to keep the busy A&E department fully functioning throughout construction, which was carried out by VINCI Construction UK.

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