Rigshospitalet is expanding: A new North Wing for patient treatment is being built, as well as a sterilization centre. A car park has just been opened, and now a new patient hotel has been opened.
"Rigshospitalet is a highly specialised hospital in the capital; it's a hospital for all Danes affected by a rare or life-threatening disease, who need a transplant, or who are victims of a serious accident with serious burns or trauma. This brings with it obligations. Our new, better and bigger patient hotel now means we can make the health service more human and maintain cohesion for people who have travelled a long way or who have to undergo a longer course of treatment. We take the political objective of the Regional Council, that 'the situation of the patient must guide the course of the patient pathway', very seriously," said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, chairman of the Regional Council.
"The patient hotel at Rigshospitalet is a unique facility for patients, and now the framework is in place. It is particularly pleasing that the New Carlsberg Foundation has very generously made sure that art sets the tone as soon as you arrive at the hotel. The sculptures are both attractive to look at, and they create cohesion between the floors. They are also a reminder that our task is to ensure cohesion throughout the patient's course of treatment," says Per Christiansen, Hospital Director at Rigshospitalet.
The new patient hotel has 74 rooms. There are single rooms, double rooms, and rooms for the disabled. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, TV and internet as well as their own balcony. The ground floor has a reception, kitchen and dining room with access to a large terrace. In the atrium there are areas for relaxation.
The generous donation from the New Carlsberg Foundation has embellished the patient hotel and administration offices with works by two exciting artists. Bjørn Poulsen has created sculptures and Anette Harboe Flensburg is behind the paintings done especially for this building.
The previous patient hotel was in an older building, not especially suitable for the disabled. This has now been demolished to make way for the North Wing.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council, via Public Relations in the Capital Region of Denmark, tel. +45 70 20 95 88.
Per Christiansen, Hospital Director, via Marianne Uldall, Head of Press, tel. +45 26 73 04 95.
Photo: Ty Stange
The new patient hotel at Rigshospitalet is shaped as two V's, with the upper V staggered over the lower V. The stagger marks the transition between the patient hotel on the three lower floors and the Rigshospitalet administration offices on the three upper floors. The stagger secures a good inflow of natural light and spacious atriums in the building. It also creates a visual link between the two functions of the building. The building was designed by 3XN and Aarhus Arkitekterne were coordinating contractors.
About the patient hotel
A patient hotel is an attractive alternative for patients who can look after themselves, but who live a long way from the hospital and therefore need a place to stay during their examination and treatment. The patient hotel offers peace and quiet and an opportunity for patients to plan their day as they like, and there are private and common areas. If patients are undergoing long-term treatment, the hotel can be a welcome break from the clinical hospital environment.
The patient hotel reception is open 24 hours a day and staffed by nurses. There are also hotel assistants and a nutrition assistant. The patient's department in the hospital refers patients to the patient hotel and it is also responsible for the patient's treatment.
The three upper floors house the administration department and meeting rooms, and on the top floor there is a 'flex area' which can be used for entertaining, events, etc.
Construction work at Rigshospitalet
Construction work for the New Rigshospital will be finished in 2018. The buildings will support the existing status of the hospital as the Danish spearhead, with specialist expert functions in almost all areas. Besides the patient hotel, sterilization centre and car park, a new treatment building – the North Wing – will be built, with 238 private rooms, 33 modern operating theatres, an intensive care department and outpatient departments. There is an ambition that the architecture should match the very best the hospital can offer in terms of patient treatment.
The overall vision for the New Rigshospital is that patients must be ensured the best possible treatment and care of the highest professional quality, meeting international standards. Patient pathways must be cohesive and admission times must be as short as possible, as must waiting times.