On October 13, 2022, as part of an internship project for the New Dunedin Hospital, an infographic was created to display information about the Outpatient Building. The infographic showcases the building’s structure, including details such as 78 piles, one buried time capsule, two Allied Health gyms (one for children and one for adults), six multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics, 16 Medical Day Unit spaces with consult rooms, four day surgery theaters, MRI and CT services, and Ultrasound and X-Ray services. The infographic was designed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, with three different versions available.
The brief for this project was to create an infographic for the New Dunedin Hospital Outpatient Building. The infographic had to fit the Te Whatu Ora branding while also incorporating my own style. The Outpatient Building is set to open in 2025 and has a variety of features that needed to be included in the infographic. These features include the 78 piles that make up the building’s foundation, 44 shipping containers on site, 11 monitors installed around the site, and a time capsule buried within the building.
Other important features of the building that needed to be highlighted in the infographic include its size (15000m2), 4 storeys, 2 Allied Health gyms (one child, one adult), 6 multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics (both generalised and specialised), 16 Medical Day Unit spaces with consult rooms, and state-of-the-art Day Procedures Unit. In addition, the building also boasts 4 day surgery theatres, MRI and CT services, and Ultrasound and X-Ray services.
The Outpatient Building has a 5 Star Greenstar rating and features integrated digital systems including patient check-in. It was also co-designed with mana whenua to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for all. The infographic highlights the various floors of the building, including the ground floor, which features a Mana whenua space, retail areas, Clinic A, Clinic B, and Transit Care – a new model of care.
The first floor of the building includes Radiology, Clinic C, Allied Health Gym, and Pathology Collection. The second floor features Clinic D, Clinic E, Medical Physiology Labs, and a Collaborative Workspace. Finally, the third floor of the building includes the Day Procedures Unit (later to include Endoscopy with 4 theatres and 4 procedure rooms), the Medical Day Unit, and the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit.
To create the infographic, I used a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to design three different versions of the graphic, each of which incorporated the necessary information and fit the Te Whatu Ora branding.
In the research, it was found that the New Dunedin Hospital would be constructed in two stages, with the Outpatient Building planned for completion in 2025, and the Inpatient Building planned for completion in 2028. The Outpatient Building would offer ambulatory services, clinic rooms, day procedures, and non-urgent radiology, while the Inpatient Building would include an emergency department, operating theatres, and other services, including a dedicated primary birthing unit. The new hospital would have 421 beds, 16 theatres (expandable to 21), and 30 ICU or high dependency beds (expandable to 40), with the outpatient building supporting greater delivery of ambulatory care. The hospital’s design and use of the latest technology would increase efficiency, patient flow, and access to diagnostics and treatment spaces, reducing unnecessary delays. The construction of the new hospital project would contribute an estimated $429 million GDP to Dunedin’s economy and employ thousands of construction workers over its lifetime. The hospital’s design would integrate technology and processes to improve efficiency, enhance patient and staff experience, increase pandemic readiness, and benefit generations of people across the Southern region, as per the News | New Dunedin Hospital, 2018.
Creating the infographic from my initial sketch required a lot of effort and time, especially when it came to designing it in perspective. Using Adobe Illustrator, I spent around 40 hours working on the first draft. I also had to ensure that the design and style fit in with the hospital’s brand colors and identity. The communication team provided positive feedback on the initial draft and requested that I develop another version based on it. Additionally, they suggested creating a video version of the infographic.
After receiving feedback on the second draft from Kathryn van Beek and the staff, I realized that I needed to change the perspective of the Outpatient building in the infographic. Even though the information remained the same, I had to recreate the building and make several edits to the design until the team was satisfied. This process took me around 20 hours to create the new building and an additional 10 hours for other details. Despite the challenges, I enjoyed making this infographic and believe that it will be useful for the New Hospital team and anyone who wants to learn about the Outpatient Building, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025.