Medical facelift for Tallinn

Extending and renovating the North Estonia Medical Centre is a key project aimed at improving access to cardiac, oncology and other advanced forms of treatment in Estonia.

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The North Estonia Medical Centre (NEMC) is a high level medical institution, and Estonia’s foremost hospital. It provides top-level patient-friendly healthcare, while also promoting the development of medicine in Estonia.

Building for the future

The project’s objectives are split between construction (new premises and renovating existing ones), and improvements to technical medical provision at the NEMC, serving an effective population of approximately 581 900 inhabitants.

The construction of a new extension building at the Mustamäe site, known as X-block, has been combined with the renovation of the existing diagnostic and treatment departments (C-block) and renovations to the Department of Pathology building. The main campus was extended and made more efficient in terms of space and logistics, as a result the space standard of 78m² per bed has increased to approximately 103m² per bed.

Besides the construction of new and the refurbishment of existing buildings, the project also foresaw the need for specific investments into fixed medical equipment and provision. The health centre is important in the local community as an employer, employing around 3 626 people, including 590 doctors of which there are over 100 resident in the hospital at any given time, 1 352 nursing staff and 862 caregivers. The medical staff are also supported by about 714 administrative and service support workers.

Construction on the project began in 2007, and the medical centre received its first patients at the end of January 2010. In total the newly built gross area of the Hospital is approximately 38 584m² and renovated gross area, approximately 20 277m². The new X-block itself comprises 29 807 m² of floor space fully equipped with high-tech treatment and diagnostics equipment. The building houses the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Internal Medicine, Radiological Diagnostics and Radiotherapy Departments, 40 beds in the Intensive Care Department, 18 operating rooms and a Nuclear Medicine Department. New rooms were also built for the hospital’s Pharmacy and Sterilisation Department. The next stage of hospital renovation will see the rebuilding of the C-block and Department of Pathology.

Expected outcomes

The NEMC project will enable more patients to be treated, as an outcome of higher throughputs and shorter stay periods at the Hospital. The project will also be able to reduce medical errors and rehospitalisation rates due to higher staff motivation and the improved technical and functional condition of the premises and equipment. The Project will also contribute to improving the capacity and competencies of NEMC for training of medical professionals and for medical research.


Draft date

28/09/2011