04 July 2014
The new Emergency Quarter (EQ), part of the £90m re-development of Glan Clwyd Hospital, will replace the existing A & E Department, which has seen patient numbers almost triple since it was built and has struggled to keep up. Designed, in the words of Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford, “to work with hospital staff rather than against them”, the new building aims to improve the flow of patients and alleviate some of the problems with queuing ambulances and failures in waiting time targets. The new department will have more staff and greater capacity, as well as being 75% bigger and more pleasant for patients and staff.
The refurbishment is seen as a blueprint for the hospital’s wards, which are also set for redevelopment as part of the ongoing project. About 25 additional staff will work at the new department, while the places for patients has increased to 41. The increase in the size of the department means the GP out of hours service, the emergency department, the medical assessment unit and the surgical assessment unit have come together under one roof.
The scope of services provided by RVW Consulting Limited included design of the substructure and superstructure elements using BIM, and drainage and external works using 3D ground modelling and drainage software.
The project was successfully completed during early Summer 2014.