What We Did
The Lancashire Women and Newborn centre is a new purpose unit which is now one of the most advanced maternity units in the UK. The state of the art centre brings together all East Lancashire’s Women’s and Newborn services in one place enabling the delivery of the best possible care.
The unit located on the Burnley General Hospital site was designed to look as homely and welcoming as possible and provides, a central birth suite providing hi-tech facilities for complex births, a midwife-led birth centre offering a relaxed environment where healthy women can go through labour naturally and at their own pace in homely rooms with ensuite facilities, a neonatal intensive care unit caring for premature newborns providing high level care including whole-body cooling treatments for the most poorly babies and a purpose-built gynaecology unit incorporating separate areas for services such as oncology, urogynaecology, fertility treatment, and termination of pregnancy.
All the delivery rooms are designed as LDRP suites which takes its name from labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum an approach to childbirth that emphasizes the value of family togetherness and the convenience of being able to complete the entire birthing process in one private room. A number of the suites also include birthing pools. The outpatient and delivery accommodation is constructed around a courtyard providing views out into a relaxing and attractively landscaped area, thereby improving the patient environment.
The interiors were kept light, airy and minimalistic, with splashes of colour introduced into the furniture. The finishes had to meet a wide variety of criteria, with infection control being consulted from the outset on all the products we were proposing. Everything had to be easy to clean and maintain whilst being robust and aesthetically pleasing!
Having no open wards or 4 bedded areas was a huge step forward for this trust who wanted each mother to enjoy the privacy of a single room, a percentage of which is have birthing pools. We designed the delivery rooms in a non clinical style, giving them all a more domestic feel by the use of timber effect vinyl flooring and built in quality furniture, which concealed medical gases and power / data points. The rooms were further enhanced with splashes of colour in the furniture or on feature walls.