The kid's world
The design of Sakra World Hospital’s Institute of Paediatrics and Paediatric Super Speciality is unique
The 350-bed Sakra World Hospital, Bengaluru has established a new centre of excellence for paediatric services known as the Institute of Pediatrics and Pediatric Super Speciality. This newly launched centre is well equipped for performing various paediatric complex surgeries (neonatal and urology), diagnostic and therapeutic pediatric endoscopy and has the capability of performing endoscopy on digestive system on all children including the newborns.
Nearly 40% of Indian population are children but the availability of super specialists to treat critical diseases is not enough across the nation. The Sakra Institute of Pediatrics and Pediatric Super Specialty seeks to address this concern by providing all super specialty services under one roof.
Prior to this, their paediatrics department was nestled in an existing multi-speciality OPD. However, the new centre of excellence needed its own independent facility in sync with the super speciality level-of-service and care it plans to provide. The project area, spread across 2,400 square feet, is situated in a prime location on the first floor of the hospital.
The brief given to Latitude Design, the architectural firm that designed the project, was that the design of the new OPD should be consistent with and a reflection of Sakra World Hospital’s medical and brand positioning. Says Monika Kejriwal, Director, Latitude Design, “It was an important project for the hospital, with a very prominent location within the hospital. We were told that not only did the design of the interiors have to be child -friendly, but it should be distinctly paediatric from the outside itself.”
The biggest challenge in execution of the project was that the project was located within a large and existing operational hospital. In addition, the site was very visible from the main lobby and was along a primary access corridor to other departments.
In order to execute the project with minimum disruption to daily operations, the site had to be cordoned off well, and the project completed on a fast-track basis with as much work happening at night and during lean hours as during the day. From a design perspective, it was quite challenging to create a strong identity for the department within the hospital, yet create a sense of calm and reassurance, so that children are not overwhelmed.
From a functional standpoint, besides the usual programme requirement of consult rooms, and paediatric-specific spaces such as immunisation and feeding rooms etc, Latitude Design had to maximise waiting area seating to the extent possible as paediatric patients are often accompanied by a number of family members and OPDs tend to overflow during peak times. The hospital wanted to ensure that everyone could wait comfortably.
The OPD design has many firsts, including a design that allows ‘kids to be kids’. Play and waiting is integrated into the design of the kids’ zones, where they are encouraged to sit, read, watch and play if they will – instilling a sense of normalcy and well-being. There is no need to ‘keep off the proverbial grass’.with a brightly colored transaction counter.
The glass entryway allows children a view of the play area and a dash of colours even before entering the department, and helps establish a bright visual statement.
A child is always accompanied by one or more family members, so a seating configuration with different groupings of two and three was created- this was flexible enough to accommodate more. “The seating is designed as bench type seats, and can accommodate small families and also extended groupings if required. The bench design also allowed us to plan maximum number of seats back-to-back, without giving a sense of crowding. And the flooring of the facility is homogeneous vinyl throughout, with soft accent colours used to delineate waiting areas,” says Kejriwal.