Transforming the NRH in Three Principle Phases
Phase One of the long awaited New Hospital Development on the campus of the NRH at Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire has now opened. This unique project is the first purpose-designed rehabilitation facility to be built in Ireland. All new ward accommodation at the NRH comprises single ensuite bedrooms with integrated rehabilitation-specific treatment and therapy spaces.
World Class Design
At the NRH, our focus is to provide treatment programmes, delivered through Consultant led rehabilitation teams, to support each person, in partnership with their family or carers, to adjust to their injury or illness and to maximise their independence and quality of life. NRH rehabilitation teams also support patients through the discharge process from the NRH towards reintegration to the community or long term care.
The enhanced environment in the new hospital will contribute towards patients achieving optimum outcomes from their Rehabilitation Programme. It will enable staff to deliver services in a new and innovative environment designed specifically around patients’ needs. The redevelopment and architectural design follows intensive research into the best rehabilitation services and facilities internationally.
The design is based on the principles of empowerment, dignity, privacy, confidentiality and choice for service users. It reflects a ‘work-rest model for patients and will be key in creating a sense of normality and consistency for people while they are in the hospital’s care.
Every aspect of the design reflects and meets the needs of our specialist staff in delivering specialist complex rehabilitation services. Studies were conducted into how different centres met the needs of their patients through best evidence based practice.
Everything from ergonomics to the amount of light and space within the design is critical to help transform the experience for both the patients and staff.
The Design Team worked on site at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, to assess and better understand patients’ needs and how best these could be met and incorporated into the design phase.
Patient and Staff Engagement in the New Hospital Project
Staff have been integrally involved in the design process. Key staff members were actively involved with the design team in every aspect of design.
Patients, their families, carers and voluntary agencies have also had an integral role to play in the hospital’s development and the design process.
The NRH site development is conceived in three principle phases which are planned as follows:
- Replacement of Existing Hospital Beds with Single Ensuite Rooms
- Integrated On-ward Therapy Spaces
- New Entrance off Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire
- New Sports and Exercise Therapy Department and Hydrotherapy Facilities.
The Phase 1 development facilitates the relocation of all the existing beds to the new development and is designed to link into the existing clinical and non-clinical support services that remain in the existing hospital pending completion of Phase 2, subject to funding being allocated.
Phase 2 provides for the relocation of all remaining therapies and support facilities to serve the new 120 bed hospital. This will minimise the need for patients to transfer long distances across the hospital for treatment, thereby maximising therapeutic advantage.
Phase 3 provides for scaling the National Rehabilitation Hospital up to 235 beds, in accordance with an NRH updated brief for the long term development of the campus