Modernising Hospital Services in the Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) is working to transform the islands’ only hospital, the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital which will save the health system significant capital by increasing the range of procedures possible on site.

The developments are part of a strategy proposed as a result of the islands’ Health and Social Services (HSS) review to provide a new model of care for the islands. These plans are interdependent with the building of Tussac House, the islands’ first ever purpose-built extra care unit for vulnerable people. This will provide enhanced facilities for its residents, some of whom are currently located within the hospital ward, and free up much needed space to enable hospital redevelopment. For example, the existing catering facilities will be relocated from the hospital which will facilitate the provision of a new HTM/HBN compliant General Operating Theatre Suite (OTS).
The current OTS’ specification is as originally constructed and is not suitable for performing operations such as orthopaedics. Islanders requiring such treatment currently need to be flown back to the UK or overseas in emergencies, requiring careful logistical management and at great cost to FIG. This vital project will provide a new state-of-the art operating theatre suite, that will enable more complex procedures to take place, as well as an improved imaging suite that incorporates the island’s first on site CT and mammography scanning facilities.

Simon Griffiths from FIG, will be joined by Matt Tebbatt, Managing Director of One Creative Environments Ltd. (One), the UK multidisciplinary design practice behind the designs for the hospital redevelopment and the new extra care facility. Simon and Matt will provide an insight into the challenges of designing and rolling out modern healthcare solutions in remote geographical locations whilst ensuring that distance is no barrier e.g. through offsite solutions, improved energy use/resilience and effective remote stakeholder engagement and working partnership.