The New Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Yeovil District Hospital involved the careful consideration of various space-planning options within the existing Women’s Hospital building.

Options considered in detail at feasibility stage included a new roof-top extension which would link into the clinical floor level alongside. However, in order to meet strict budgetary requirements, the final solution involved the careful phased re-planning of the current Level 3 maternity unit. The new facilities have been successfully integrated into the existing building envelope, including a major upgrade of the associated mechanical & electrical building services.

The new SCBU includes 6 new specialist cot rooms, 2 high dependency rooms, nurses’ base & office, milk prep room, family room, counselling room, accessible wc & storage areas. Subsequent phased alterations to the Freya Ward (maternity), which was also undertaken by the practice, include the provision of 6 new bedrooms with en-suite facilities, new bath & shower rooms, new reception / waiting area, antenatal day assessment room, storage rooms and refurbishment of the main circulation areas.

The overall result is an excellent state-of-the-art maternity facility that serves Yeovil and the surrounding region.