The New Balfour: Nick’s First Impression

By Nick Morrison

On Wednesday 15th of May the Orkney News team of Nick Morrison and Martin Laird got a look around the new Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall.

Here’s Nick’s first impressions – a full report will follow.

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Yes it was that warm and sunny the day!

Play area for peedie folk

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Each area of the hospital is colour coded to ease navigation as is Aberdeen hospital.

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Special meals preparation area. For people with allergies for example.

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Main kitchen.

Internal doors have adjustable blinds so they can be set for privacy/observation.

Each office member of staff will get one these lockable work boxes with a mail slot for incoming post/documents.

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Chairs with plain wooden legs in order to not damage the floor.

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These are the next generation of “bar codes”. These are being used by Robertson’s for “snagging”

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Surgeons console.

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Anaesthetists console.

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Balcony for the use of The Macmillan patients.

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Internal “quadrangle” a planned safe area for patients to enjoy fresh air et al.

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A lot of effort is going into preserving the floor in this late stage of construction.

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Hope these plants get some water soon , some are looking a wee bit withered.

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As you can see the hospital is still a construction site but already you can appreciated the thought and high standard of workmanship that has gone into its design – including taking on board the views of staff and patients.

This is a quick snapshot – more to follow

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  1. Phew – all mod. cons.

    This got me thinking about the succession of Balfour Hospitals – the first one, the present one, and the new, soon to be opened, one.

    How do they move a whole working hospital, in one go? It must be a logistics nightmare. It’s happened before though, and will happen again, then folk will hardly remember it happening.

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