Co-designing a Children’s Hospital

Challenge Sponsor

The Archie Foundation is the official charity of Tayside’s Children’s Hospital which, is aiming to transform children’s health care experience in Dundee.  You might not have heard of Archie before but they were behind the highly successful Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in 2016.

The current focus of Archie’s fund raising efforts is on building a new operating theatre at the Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells which links to this global health challenge.

The Challenge

“Anna Dewar is a healthy  twelve year old girl.  She lives together  with her  mum, two brothers and a sister  in a flat  in  Arbroath. She suffers from recurrent tonsillitis and has been placed on a waiting  list to have  her tonsils removed at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.  She has never been admitted to hospital before. Both  she and her  mum  are understandably quite anxious about the journey that lies ahead. Her  mum  has been given an information sheet, informing her that Anna’s operation will be  carried out in the new Children’s  Surgical Unit at Ninewells.”

​Ninewells  Hospital is  in the process of building a new Children’s  Theatre  Suite that will open in 2020. They  have architectural plans for the layout of the entrance, reception, waiting area, clinic rooms,  and theatres and  ward spaces, but have a  real need for you to help the Paediatric team  co-design a  welcoming and engaging hospital experience for children and  families. Children of all ages,  up to the age of 16 years will be treated in the facility, so the design scope  will be quite challenging:

“Help  us  co-design a Children’s Hospital atmosphere that delights all ages and  exceeds  the expectations of children,  families and our healthcare  team”​