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The Maternity Bereavement Suite and Ablution Room, York Hospital

York, UK

Client York Hospital

Form of Contract Traditional

Year of Completion 2023


The Maternity Bereavement Suite scheme and the Ablution Room project are part of the hospital’s focus on inclusivity and enhancing the facilities available to both patients and staff.

The Maternity Bereavement Suite, funded by York & Scarborough Hospitals Charity with generous donations form York Sands, responds to the needs of the family by giving them their own space to grieve for their child in an area designed specifically to support this.

SGP put together a specialist team, including interior designers, which worked closely with the hospital throughout the scheme. SGP created a set of contemporary rooms which offer multi-purpose medical functions that are less clinical in their appearance than those rooms traditionally found in a hospital environment. Every detail was carefully considered, from the design of bespoke furniture down to the tone of the bedding.

SGP used digital formats to help the stakeholders to engage with the spaces and see how they would work, emotionally and practically.

Sarah Ayre, Associate Director of Midwifery said: “On behalf of the midwifery team at York Hospital, we would like to thank the project team for all their hard work and dedication on this project over the years. Having recently shown a bereaved family around the suite, we are aware of the impact it is having already and cannot articulate passionately enough the comfort the suite will bring to families during such heart breaking times”.

SGP also created an Ablution Room, funded by NHS Charities Together, which offers specialist fixtures and fittings to provide a new ritual washing facility for Muslims. Our team fully understood the importance of the room and, through stakeholder engagement and careful design, we were able to create a space that balanced the hospital’s needs with the specific religious requirements.

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