An innovative project for the island of Jersey, taking the existing General hospital in the centre of St Helier to a new life as an acute/elective centre on its densely developed existing site in the town centre, and relocating ambulatory and service departments on a pleasant, rural, sloping site just over a mile away. This separation will enable the main site to be partially cleared and developed. The Ambulatory Care Centre is designed to follow the steep site contours and forms a ‘breaking wave’ on the dramatic site.
The new general hospital will be formed from a value-engineered blend of refurbishment and new-build, keeping the capital cost within budget and at a level appropriate for an island population. The integration of a grade 1 listed building with the clinical functions was a particular challenge, met by the use of the existing facade as one side of the public atrium. The patients will be accommodated in 100% single rooms. Central to the hospital concept is a separation of of clinical circulation from public routes, contributing to patient safety, infection control, dignity and privacy. Hospital planning at the two sites takes into account the integration of health and social services which is one of the fine characteristics of Jersey healthcare