PHUONG DONG GENERAL HOSPITAL, HANOI
Situated just outside Hanoi, we were responsible for the outline design proposal of this hospital development and a substantial proportion of the feasibility study, as the architects and healthcare planners respectively. Working in a small dedicated team and appointed by a multi-national Austrian company, we had the tasks of drafting and producing the feasibility reports to assist in ascertaining the development's business viability as a private hospital. What we also produced was the proposed design of the 1000 bedded general hospital amounting to 146,000 sq.metres of gross floor area.
Simplistically speaking, the proposed hospital had two main entrances, one which serves the inpatient and the other serving the outpatient/consultants' clinics, each of them serving two different sections of the hospital. They are centrally served by the diagnostic, treatment facilities and operation theatres. It is a very large scheme, that would cater not only for the vast domestic population but also medical tourism from abroad, providing patients from other countries a more affordable and quicker option to seek private medical care.
The scheme also allows patients from lower income groups to come for treatment, based on the developer's requirement of apportioning 30% of the hospital's bed capacity for charitable patients. The design addressed these multi-faceted and complicated requirements often found in developing countries. The end result not only prioritised efficiency of space and circulation of this a huge general hospital scheme housing dozens of clinical and administrative departments, but also addressed the social aspects in a sensitive manner as a private hospital for all.