Durham Diagnostic & Treatment Centre
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has expanded its services in Durham with a new specialist treatment facility.
Our commission was to design and deliver an easily accessible building where modern healthcare services could be delivered where they were most needed. Initially working for developers Ashley House, and novated to Esh during construction, we worked collaboratively with clinicians and the wider team to create a good value, efficient solution at the same time providing a welcoming place where patients would feel at ease.
Drivers for the development were to reduce pressure on other services and minimise the need for patients to travel to hospitals in Sunderland. Renal dialysis was a particular requirement; with a growing need (7% pa) identified and the impending closure of services at Durham Hospital.
As well as community renal dialysis the new centre offers ophthalmology, urology, ENT, day-case theatre, recovery and outpatients facilities. There’s also provision externally for a mobile MRI hook up and internally a lead-lined room was included to accommodate future X-Ray services.
The team worked closely with the Trust and clinicians to deliver an innovative solution that would deliver real benefit to patients. The renal dialysis service for example is designed to be accessed out of hours so that patients can independently manage their own treatment, giving them choice and freedom, without increasing the staff overhead.