The Middlemore Hospital Emergency Centre Fast Track and Triage project for Counties Manukau District Health Board involves the redevelopment and fitout of the front entrance of the Middlemore Hospital Emergency Centre. Approximately 550m2 of the emergency centre to provide a new entrance, reception, waiting area, security office, ambulance triage and fast track treatment unit. The project contains a split of both clinical and public spaces with very specific briefs for all areas to cater for the complex nature of the tasks completed by the users of the space.
The key driver for this project was the replacement of the entrance to the emergency centre built in 1998 as part of the Acute Hub building with a more spacious and welcoming reception to the department and create a more suitable waiting area with a light and friendly environment being desired. The clinical areas were designed to allow patients arriving by ambulance to have their own space to be triaged in a clean and efficient clinical environment. The fast track department has been designed to better utilise the space available to provide a contemporary healthcare environment, allowing staff to provide a swift but professional service to patients and visitors to the department.