New, first-rate hospital for children, young people, women in labour, and their families

​The Capital Region of Denmark and Ole Kirk’s Fond have joined forces to build a new, first-rate hospital building which will raise the bar for treatment facilities for children, young people, women in labour, and their families. The project has been given the working title ‘BørneRiget’ (the children’s kingdom).

The goal of the new hospital building project is clear: to revolutionise the hospital experience for children, women in labour, and their families, during and after their treatment.

No more feeling like life has been put on hold while you are in hospital, and no more incoherent treatment plans. At the new hospital, all treatment plans and functions will be designed so that children and their parents have to be moved around as little as possible. 

Specialists and experts will come to the child and its family; not the other way around. The new hospital will also make room for patients and their families to spend time together as a family and live an everyday life that is safe and as close to real life as possible.

Unprecedented grant 

The Capital Region of Denmark is supporting the building project with an unprecedented grant of DKK 1.4 billion. Ole Kirk’s Fond has donated DKK 0.6 billion. 

Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Danish Social Democrats), Chairman of the Regional Council, Capital Region of Denmark, described the project as groundbreaking: 
 
“The goal is that the new hospital for children, young people and women in labour will help turn the development of the entire Danish health service in an entirely new direction; towards patient treatment that involves much more than diagnosing and medicating.” 

“At the same time, it is important that patients feel secure when they are in hospital. It affects the whole family when a family member falls severely ill. So it means a lot if the family can stay together and if ‘life at the hospital’ is as close to ‘real life’ for the child."

"I am very pleased that the Region, with support from Ole Kirk’s Fond, can now create new and unique facilities for children, young people and women in labour, as well as significantly boost teaching and research at the hospital.”

Thorough preliminary study shows the way 

Prior to the building project, with support from Ole Kirk’s Fond, Rigshospitalet and the Capital Region of Denmark carried out a comprehensive preliminary study to identify what is required to create optimal patient pathways for children, young people and women in labour. 

The new hospital concept revolves around the principle that treatment, care, research, education, technology and architecture should be coordinated into a single integrated solution. Furthermore, the child’s play and integrating this play into treatment, permeates the entire treatment plan. 

Faster diagnostic evaluation

According to Bent Ottesen, who is heading the project and who was also in charge of the preliminary study, the new hospital will provide ample opportunity to integrate patient treatment, research, and education, and will contribute to faster diagnostic evaluation and more streamlined patient pathways. Bent Ottensen said:

“Research, education and coherent patient pathways for children and their families are vital for the best treatment and care. This is why it is fantastic that, with this project, we now have the opportunity to include all elements as an integral part of the building project from the start of the project".

"The project will provide our researchers with unique possibilities, and we have unique possibilities for rethinking patient pathways.” 

Children and their families can feel safe and at home 

Ole Kirk’s Fond works to promote quality of life for children and their families. The fund has a strong desire to create better conditions for children receiving treatment and their families. 

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, Chairman of Ole Kirk’s Fond, said:

“It is crucial that children and their families feel safe during the course of the child’s treatment, and that they are able to maintain the best possible quality of life. The family should be able to spend time together, and there should be room for play, care and recreation, so that the both the child and the family can take a break from worrying.”

In other words, a treatment plan must make room for everything that children, young people and their families need to live as normal a life as possible during their stay at hospital. 

“At Ole Kirk’s Fond, we are extremely happy to be able to contribute, collaboratively with the Capital Region of Denmark and Rigshospitalet, to a new, innovative hospital project that takes into consideration the very vulnerable situation that these families are in when a child falls seriously ill.”   

​Facts: 

Pivotal principles for BørneRiget based on the preliminary study:

  • ​Personnel come to the patient: All courses of treatment and functions will be organised so that children and their parents are moved as little as possible and treatment and care are coordinated so that specialists come to the child and the family, not the other way around.

  • Pitstop treatment and diagnostics: The hospital will be equipped with a diagnostic centre that will make it possible to diagnose children and young people and well as expectant mothers immediately and to develop new diagnostic methods for pregnant women, children and young people that benefit the health service.

  • Family-centred care and treatment: The hospital will be designed on the basis of international principles on patient-centred and family-centred care and treatment, including additional areas for facilities for families and access to outdoor areas.

  • Integration of research, treatment and education: The building will be designed with research and education areas close to patients so that research and education can take place ‘at the end of the bed’ and so that there is room for cooperation with research communities and business.

  • The hospital will be designed for everyday life, so that normal life does not stand still because a child is undergoing treatment: The surrounding world will be invited into the hospital by shops and other facilities.
​The preliminary study included:

  • ​​An analysis of existing patient pathways
  • Recommendations from experts
  • Studies of user experience 
  • Exchange of experience with leading children’s hospitals world-wide
​Building phases

  • ​​2016 – 2017: Project competition
  • 2018: Decision re. project proposals
  • 2019: Preparation of construction site
  • 2020 - 23: Construction and tests of innovative solutions
  • 2023 - 24: Tests of innovative solutions and occupancy

About the Capital Region of Denmark

  • Manages hospitals, research, services for the disabled and social service, and undertakes environmental tasks 

  • Collaborates with municipalities and the business community on developments concerning traffic, business and education 

  • Is a public authority headed by democratically elected politicians 

Rigshospitalet

Every year, about 37,000 children, young people and pregnant women and their families contact Rigshospitalet. Either because a child is ill and needs treatment, or because a baby is on the way. 

Rigshospitalet is Denmark’s largest and most highly specialised hospital with more than 1,300 beds. Rigshospitalet has a national and regional function within more or less all medical specialist areas. Every year, Rigshospitalet admits more than 100,000 patients and there are more than 700,000 out-patients (i.e. interviews, examinations, or treatment without admission).

About Ole Kirk's Fond 

Ole Kirk’s Fond was established in 1964 in memory of the founder of the LEGO Group, Ole Kirst Kristensen. It is a charitable foundation and primarily supports social, cultural, humanitarian and educational causes.

The objective of the foundation is to promote the quality of life for children and their families, primarily in Denmark. Ole Kirk’s Fond also supports projects and initiatives in the Municipality of Billund with a view to creating good and attractive leisure activities for residents in the area and employees of the LEGO Group. www.olekirksfond.dk.

Press contact

  • ​​Capital Region of Denmark: Chairman of the Regional Council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats) through the press office at the Capital Region of Denmark: + 45 70 20 95 88

  • Ole Kirk’s Fond, Head of Communication, Ulla Lundhus tel. +45 53 19 47 67 

  • Rigshospitalet: Project Direktor, Bent Ottesen from Rigshospitalet: tel. +45 35 45 47 69, or Linda Svenstrup  Munk, Communication Consultant, tel. +45 22 96 68 98

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