Spiritual and Cultural Care welcomes the community to City Hospital A team consisting of staff of the Royal University Hospital pharmacy, senior leadership, capital construction and managers pulled together in an intensive planning exercise to establish the plans for a new pharmacy at RUH and identify several ways to meet patient needs.

Over three consecutive afternoons, this group was able to set the specifi c criteria for the new pharmacy, create multiple design options, analyze lean methodology fl ows and wastes and even build three dimensional tabletop models and life-size mock-ups. “This helped inform the design so that the architects would understand pharmacy needs,” says
Andrew Wagner, Director of Capital Construction and Project Management.

For three afternoons in January, the team came together to create designs for a new space and to review the merits and disadvantages of the designs. Wagner says the process speeds up the design work and reduces costly changes that may occur during construction if there has been no user input. “This is an exciting way to do space programming and have staff build their own pharmacy unit,” he adds.

The pharmacy will relocate to the fourth fl oor at RUH. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2012 with a targeted completion date of early 2013.