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Building for patient centred care

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Cancer care and treatment is going through a period of extraordinary change as breakthroughs emerge at dramatic pace. The challenge for hospitals is to respond to new knowledge and techniques as quickly as possible so patients benefit.
Evidence indicates that cancer sufferers treated at oncology units with high volumes of patients tend to have better outcomes. The same is true if the unit also undertakes clinical research. As a result, there is a move towards specialist centres, which are better equipped to deliver best practice and to fully exploit advances in knowledge and treatments.

That’s the approach taken at Belgium’s largest hospital in Leuven. Its new multi-disciplinary unit will centralise oncology excellence and treat around 35,000 patients every year. It will also coordinate clinical research and prevention programmes. “The building is designed to support and strengthen the aims of the hospital,” said Eduard Boonstra, International Business Development Director at Royal HaskoningDHV. As an experienced technology partner, Royal HaskoningDHV can help clients to optimise the price-performance ratio of hospital buildings and strengthen their competitive position.

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ANNEMIE GLORIEUX – HEAD OF URS MANAGEMENT AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, LEUVEN

“This will be a centre of excellence, delivering highly specialised and sophisticated cancer treatment, while incorporating new thinking in patient-centred design. For patients, the benefits will be significant. They will have better clinical outcomes, increased access to the latest treatments and technology, and an improved hospital experience.”

“The building is designed to support and strengthen the aims of the hospital,” said Eduard Boonstra, International Business Development Director at Royal HaskoningDHV.

“The experience of the patient is central. By assessing processes and logistics, and developing links with buildings across the hospital campus, we build in comfort, convenience and efficiency. What’s more, the building will operate with virtually zero energy, and has the flexibility to adapt as requirements change.”

This response to the challenge for oncology units is typical of the transformation under way across the healthcare landscape. New approaches are helping to provide affordable, accessible, high-quality care for patients, while introducing efficiencies and sustainable features to buildings.

EUDUARD BOONSTRA, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, HEALTHCARE, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV

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