Ghana District Health Programme
Ministry of health
Seven district hospital campuses
Masterplanning, Urban Design
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tp bennett have been appointed as part of a UK consortium to design seven modular district hospitals in Ghana. Following the completion of a study defining the regional health needs tp bennett are developing site masterplan solutions for district hospital facilities, adaptable to local ground and climatic conditions, and targeted to meet the specific local health needs.
The hospital campuses will comprise a series of modular buildings of varying sophistication. The funding available requires low cost solutions and therefore a strategic approach has been taken to ensure that the investment focusses on meeting the primary healthcare needs.
Previous unsuccessful healthcare delivery programmes have provided buildings that are too expensive to run, possess a short build life, and are rapidly found to be inflexible to the changing health needs of the population. This model uses groups of very simple buildings, gathered around a highly serviced clinical building within which the surgical and clinical facilities are located. The wards are specifically designed to be simple naturally ventilated buildings, connected by a network of covered walkways. The spaces created between the buildings are as important as the buildings themselves, acting as gardens, community spaces, play areas and community education spaces.
The model proposed also allows for expansion around its perimeter without detrimentally affecting the on-going function of the hospital service with scope for additional wards, and keyworker accommodation.
These campus masterplans are intended to provide a district focussed health service easing the existing pressure upon regional hospitals, and in future acting as the hubs for a more local network of community and neighbourhood healthcare surgery buildings.