Princess Alexandra Hospital fracture clinic approved

Medical Architecture's 'butterfly' design will provide an efficient clinical environment to support services

An artist's impression of the new fracture clinic at The Princess Alexandra Hospital

Medical Architecture has secured planning consent for a new fracture clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

The new facility enables the orthopaedic department to expand the range of services provided locally at the hospital.

By carefully inserting the lightweight new building on redundant space between buildings, the new development increases the density and asset value of the hospital infrastructure.

The clinic provides X-ray services, consultation, treatment spaces and plaster-setting services, as well as ancillary clinical support and staff relaxation rooms.

Medical Architecture co-designed the layout with clinic consultants who preferred consult and exam rooms laid out in a ‘butterfly’ configuration, with an exam room either side of a single consultation room. This arrangement provides an efficient modern clinical environment to support NHS acute services.

Bob Wills, director at Medical Architecture, said: “This modest project illustrates how good planning, architecture and technical design can deliver facilities which expand clinical capacity and improve operational efficiency in a complex hospital setting.

“Patients and staff will benefit from this new purposeful, accessible and well-ordered building.”

Rose Frawley, senior technologist at Medical Architecture, added: “Forging a new relationship with the Princess Alexandra Hospital trust, we have worked closely with clinicians aiming to provide a new standard of excellence for the hospital.

“By restoring the fracture clinic services to Harlow, a bright, therapeutic new environment has been developed with an emphasis on quality and efficiency through good design.”

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