Rigshospitalet's new North Wing officially opened on Tuesday 14 January 2020 in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. The light new wing of 54,700 m2 is designed to cater for the needs of patients and their families, and includes 196 private rooms and 33 high-tech operating theatres.
The first turf for the building was cut in January 2014.
Now, six years later, the CEO of Rigshospitalet, Per Christiansen, is proud of the results:
"Following a long period of planning, building and recent hard work to transform the empty building into a state-of-the-art hospital, it is with great pleasure that I open this new building," said Per Christensen.
Highly specialised surgery
The North Wing has been designed for highly specialised surgery and treatment for many different types of patients, e.g. patients who:
- have neck cancer, malignant melanoma, breast cancer or brain cancer.
- have burns, and patients who need skin reconstruction.
- need teeth, jaw or facial surgery.
- have epilepsy and other nervous disorders.
- need bone or joint surgery.
- need complicated eye surgery.
- have critical brain and nervous diseases requiring intensive monitoring and treatment 24 hours a day.
Denmark's highly specialised hospital
The North Wing will support the existing status of the hospital as the Danish spearhead, with specialist expert functions in almost all areas. Patients must be ensured the best possible treatment and care of the highest professional quality, meeting international standards, explained Chairman of the Regional Council Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democratic Party):
"The North Wing will help make sure that Rigshospitalet continues as Denmark's most highly specialised hospital. The new wing is the first step in boosting the entire region's services for patients, and with the new frameworks we are ready to meet future demands for a modern healthcare system to benefit patients and their families," said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen.
Much needed improvement
The North Wing has been designed as a zig-zag, with a crosswise central corridor that makes it easy and quick to get around. Rooms are flexible, so that a bedroom can be changed to a treatment room. Moreover, rooms are located such that they can be used by different departments, if necessary.
For Leila Lindén (Social Democratic Party), a member of the Regional Council and chair of the political monitoring group, the opening marks an important milestone for Rigshospitalet:
"The North Wing provides patients from the Capital Region of Denmark and the rest of Denmark with the facilities they deserve and can expect in treatment at Rigshospitalet. At the same time, we have a striking and beautiful building that cleverly connects the existing hospital buildings with Fælledparken and the surroundings at Østerbro," said Leila Lindén.
Check-in at new common reception
More than 500 outpatients are expected to arrive on weekdays for registration in the expansive common reception hall in the North Wing.
The North Wing will be taken into use on 8 March 2020, when patients move from Rigshospitalet's existing buildings on Blegdamsvej to the new building. Around 1,500 staff from 12 departments will also be moving into the new building.
The North Wing has been financed by Kvalitetsfond, and is the first treatment building of its kind to open in the Capital Region of Denmark.