The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) has begun construction of its new children’s hospital. With the grounds of the plot cleared, the foundation stone will be laid in 2015, with first patients to be treated in the new building by 2017. With a gross floor area of nearly 10,500 square metres, 138 in-patients and 14 day-patients will be able to be treated there soon. Construction cost for the new “Kids UKE” are estimated at 69.5 million euro, of which the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg will almost cover one-third.
State of the art children’s hospital in the north
“With the new University Children’s Hospital on the grounds of UKE, we will be able to raise our paediatrics clinic to the same sustainable and high standards that have been maintained by our central UKE hospital for the care of adults since 2009. Now, we will build the most advanced children’s hospital of the north and one of the most advanced children’s hospitals in Europe. It will offer maximum care to young people with complex and rare diseases in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region Hamburg and beyond”, says Christian Gerloff, Vice Medical Director and CEO of UKE.
Improve the situation of patients and family members
“Hamburg and UKE need the new children’s hospital. Together with the UKE and other partners, we have succeeded in preparing the conditions for the current start of construction. With the new University Children’s Hospital, the highest level of medical care will be provided to children and young patients, while simultaneously significantly improving the situation of the family members, who accompany the young patients. This ultra-modern clinic will strengthen the excellent reputation of the UKE,” said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Deputy Mayor and Senator for Science of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, today, Monday, 29 September 2014.
Making the stay more comportable
“Children with heart problems or cancer, severe neurological or rare congenital diseases as well as young patients before and after a kidney, liver, or bone marrow transplantation require special care and thus advanced infrastructure. These structures have already been defined in the UKE. In the new children’s hospital, we will expand them. Together, we will create here a unique children’s clinic, and realise an ambitious project that will stand out in Hamburg and its region as a beacon of pediatric and adolescent medicine. Here, high-end medicine will be combined with a stay in a cosy and comfortable environment. This combination will help children to restore their health and well-being more quickly”, said Ania C. Muntau, new medical director of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Wi-Fi will be standard
Together with the members of the Altona Children’s Hospital, the UKE will be able to optimally fulfill the public service mission to offer top university medicine in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Inhouse treatment will be provided for 138 children and adolescents, further 14 place will be available for part-time inpatient treatments. All rooms will be lovingly designed to provide overnight accommodation for parents in each patient room. There will also be more lounges and game rooms, and Wi-Fi will be standard for all.
In the new children’s hospital, interdisciplinary co-operation and work is made easy. The central children’s emergency room on the ground floor will have its own entrance. With radiology next door, rapid imaging is ensured in case of an emergency. Physiotherapy, oncology clinic, the outpatient clinic, dialysis, the cafeteria and the children’s hospital’s auditorium will also be located on the ground floor.
Surgery will be performed in three operating rooms on the first floor. One of them will be a so-called hybrid operating room that will combine a state-of-the arts technologies currently available. With medical imaging from computer and magnetic resonance sources, minimally invasive interventions will be made possible. Being less stressful for the patient in most cases, healing will be made faster, as also large surgical wounds will be avoided.
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