Emergency Department,
University Hospital Galway

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Cullen Payne Architects were requested to carry out a feasibility study to identify a building solution to the operation problems arising from the steady and significant increase in activity since the opening of the interim Emergency Department at UHG in the early 1990s.

The proposed solution is in the form of a six-storey building, linked to the hospital main block.  In addition to a new Emergency Department at ground level, the building will also provide Clinical Decision Unit, ED office accommodation and staff changing, provision for future Medical Assessment Unit and Surgical Assessment Unit at first floor; while a Women and Children’s Unit completes the accommodation at second, third and fourth floor.

In general terms, the new accommodation is provided in a deep plan arrangement, given the site restrictions and the desire to allow efficient movement and integration of staff and patients between the proposed and existing hospital.  The treatment areas are located on the external walls and storage and support accommodation is located in the areas that do not have access to natural light or ventilation.