The Wolfson Centre Cystic Fibrosis Unit
The new Wolfson Centre at Nottingham City Hospital provides a ‘home in a hospital’ for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients. Patients, many of whom are young adults, can now receive all their treatment from one bespoke building designed around the unique needs of CF patients.
The contemporary design is focused on creating a non-clinical, homely and welcoming environment and provides exemplary inpatient facilities, as well as an open plan staff office and associated accommodation.
There are 16 spacious en-suite bedrooms and provision for families to stay together, all designed to make patients feel more at home, especially during long stays; soft furnishings are used to add to the domestic feel and bold colour, light and artwork are used extensively throughout.
CF patients cannot meet one another in person due to the risks posed by cross-infection, thus a key feature of the unit is a hi-tech ICT zone with video conferencing between rooms, enabling patients to talk to one another and reducing feelings of isolation. Exercise is crucial too; helping to improve lung function and reducing the risk of chest infections. The new unit provides indoor and outdoor exercise options; internally a gym with glassed-in pods allows patients to have visual contact and exercise in groups, whilst being protected from cross-infection. External gardens provide walkways, seating areas and outdoor exercise equipment. The scheme also provides space for holistic therapies such as art and a kitchen zone designed to help patients in meeting the large calorie intake their condition demands. Staff accommodation is provided too with a large, airy open plan office and associated facilities.