Prosthetics & Orthotics Department

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, UK





Morgan Sindall Construction


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Fatkin undertook the design of a new purpose-built facility to combine the independent Prosthetics and Orthotics departments under one roof at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Several sets of multi-day shadowing exercises were undertaken; firstly with workshop staff to observe the behind-the-scenes manufacturing processes and workflows, and also with the clinical staff to record movement and the patient and visitor experience. Shadowing the Prosthetics and Orthotics teams and having an opportunity to speak to patients influenced the design and layout of the building to ensure that it was both functional and that critical areas and equipment were in the right location for all users.

Having limbs and braces created on site was recognized as a unique and exciting rarity not often experienced in other factions of healthcare. Therefore, the production processes were figuratively held up and celebrated within the design. Whilst maintaining the required patient / staff divide, the layout worked to offer patients glimpses of the production processes from the waiting area and the public walkway.