Secondary Care

University Hospitals Plymouth create virtual reality dome for new urgent and emergency care centre

University Hospitals Plymouth has created a virtual reality dome to provide an experience to view its planned new urgent and emergency care centre as part of the government’s programme to build 40 hospitals by 2030.

The new centre aims to improve capacity at Derriford Hospital, with the virtual reality centre providing staff and patients the ability to grow accustomed to the building by taking a virtual reality walk-through.

A film is displayed across the dome so that visitors can get a glimpse of what future workspaces will look like and experience the feel of the centre. As well as offering the same emergency care, it will also have new diagnostic equipment aiding surgical and radiology theatres.

Future Hospitals Programme Lead at UHP, Nicola Collas, explained: “Bringing the project to life in this way has really allowed everyone to see with their own eyes how this project will make a huge difference for patients, staff, and the community.”

UHP Future Hospital Director, Stuart Windsor, added: “We know there are increasing numbers of patients who need urgent and emergency care, so to see this new facility, the increased space it will offer for people who need it most, is brilliant.

“It’s been a key for us to invite our staff, stakeholders and patient groups along to experience this and we’re really excited about the plans for transforming care for patients through investment in our clinical services, as well as through digital transformation.”

View the virtual reality experience below: