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The Centre for Women's Health at the RD&E Wonford is the home of maternity, neonatal and gynaecology services.

 

Photo of the new Centre for Women's HealthThese services moved across to this purpose-built £31.5 million centre in June 2007 from the RD&E Heavitree hospital site. The centre covers 9,000 square metres – to put this into context, the average three bed house covers 70 square metres. About 400 staff work across the services in this building.

 

Visitors to the Centre enter a spacious, light and welcoming atrium with a Fine Fillings café and seating area.

 

 

The Centre consists of:

 

Security

Security is an integral feature of the layout and access restrictions to this building. Members of the public must have a valid pass issued by the reception/security desk. Different areas of the building are zoned to restrict movement between the different zones.

 

Staff and patient representatives were involved in the design process for this building to ensure the best possible use of the new space and that it delivers high quality services with choice and dignity for patients and their families. 

 

Patients and visitors are only able to enter the building through the atrium door and everyone coming into the unit is checked and given a colour-coded badge which shows which part of the building they should be in. If someone has wandered into an area they should not be in, staff, who are used to this security system, will escort them to the right place or ask them to leave.

 

We want the RD&E to be safe and secure for all our patients, visitors and staff.

 

Violence, aggression and threatening or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. We may decide to withold treatment or services from patients or visitors who are violent or abusive towards our staff.

 

Patients or visitors who are violent or abusive may be removed from our buildings or grounds and could face prosecution.

 

Accessibility

The building has excellent accessibility provision for disabled patients and visitors.

 

“My overall impression was that it was a very good facility, in fact I would go so far as to say it’s excellent. What also struck me from the tour was the joy of the staff involved and the pride they had in the centre.”    Margaret Green, Governor of RD&E Foundation Trust

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