The Pulross Centre, exemplifies the shift away from the hospital to a primary care led National Health Service and combines sophisticated clinical facilities with strong roots in the local community.
Serving an area of high deprivation, the centre views health as ‘a state of mental and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of infirmity’. A hub for 23 local GP practices, the Centre provides specialist day clinics for patients in the neighbourhood as well as in-patient beds for people needing 24-hour medical care.
Behind a welcoming glazed facade, the main entrance leads into a double height foyer from which most areas are visible and accessible. The ground floor is designed for open access and houses a variety of public spaces including a reception and café, as well as clinics and a day room. The rest of the building is designed to be more secure. Accommodation for short stay inpatients – wards and single rooms – is located on the first floor, directly linked to a raised private garden, formed from the rubble of the hospital building formerly on the site, which provides a calm yet stimulating sensory environment.
Circulation maximises views out to the landscaped forecourt. Walls are protected from trolleys with a specially designed beech and stainless steel handrail and wall guarding system.