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Fertility clinic sets precedent for one-stop treatment

Fertility clinic sets precedent for one-stop treatment

A purpose-built one-stop fertility clinic is to open in Wickford, Essex, based on a forward-thinking design that follows the patient pathway.

The independent Bourn Hall Clinic will expand services currently provided at a small satellite clinic in the town to create a single centre offering all fertility treatments.

Diggers have already moved onto the site in London Road and construction work is due for completion early next year.

Designed by brp architects, the clinic project is being managed by The Healthcare Property Company, with building work being undertaken by AW Hardy.

New build

This will be the first time that Bourn Hall, established in 1980, has commissioned a new-build project and it is anticipated it will form a blueprint for further clinics across the country.

The three-story building has an entrance space on the ground floor, with clients taken, in a lift, straight to the second floor, where there is a hotel-style reception. Patients are then invited through to the consultation and scanning rooms.

Consultation and examination rooms are located in a suite on this floor, which also houses admin support rooms.

Patients say they like Bourn Hall clinics as they don’t feel like a hospital. For this reason, the second floor has been designed to be welcoming, with carpets and fabrics carefully chosen to complement the company brand and to enhance the patient experience.

If they then require treatment, patients are taken down to the first floor, which has a more-clinical feel.

“On this treatment floor, there are three distinct areas,” said architect, Alan Sankey. “The waiting area where patients wait to be taken through, a zone where they will be prepped for treatment, and the clinical area where treatment takes place.

“In the clinical space on the sides there are sample rooms and medical laboratories and other rooms where patients will undergo procedures. Then, in the middle the magic happens in the lab where the IVF process takes place. There are also lab offices and cryogenic stores.

“The building has been designed to support the patient journey.”

The centre will have capacity for 1,000 IVF cycles a year and means patients will not have to travel further afield for treatment.

A full service

Bourn Hall’s regional clinic manager, Sarah Pallett, said: “The existing clinic has proved to be very popular with patients, so it seemed a logical step to locate a full-service clinic in the town.

“The additional space will allow us to offer a wider range of fertility treatments to more people.”

The whole building has been designed using materials that are hygienic and help to reduce noise.

Sankey said: “This has been a very-exciting design project as, being independent, the client didn’t necessarily have to adhere to NHS space standards, so we could make the building much more friendly and supportive.

“It is divided into a number of activities and the idea is that it feels more like a hotel than a clinical space until you get to the treatment areas, which are designed to offer the best-possible environment for fertility treatment.

“It is a very patient-centric design and one which will support the patients and staff through every process.”

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