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The Wilhelmina Hospital, Assen, the Netherlands

Vanguard mobile delivery suite increases capacity at Wilhelmina Hospital.

The need

An increased demand for maternity services was expected in Assen and Emmen in the Netherlands as a result of planned closures of obstetrics and paediatrics services  in nearby Hoogeveen. These services had already closed in Stadskanaal – it was anticipated maternity services at the Wilhelmina Hospital Assen would come under increased pressure to support mothers in labour who previously would have been cared for and delivered their babies in Hoogeveen or Staskkanaal.

The plan

The Wilhelmina Hospital, Assen (WZA) wanted to prepare for the potential increased demands on its maternity and obstetrics services by expanding its capacity through the introduction of the mobile ward to be used as an additional delivery room.

They approached Vanguard to explore what solutions could be offered to create a safe, high quality and still warm and welcoming delivery suite for expectant mothers.

The Solution

Vanguard worked alongside the hospital to modify a mobile ward to create a delivery suite which helped the hospital continue to maintain the level of clinical obstetrics support available for pregnant women in the area.

Seamlessly linked to the hospital, the delivery room was customized to ensure it met the hospital’s requirements and provided them with a fully equipped delivery room of the very highest standards. This customization included laying a new flooring and including homely and welcoming wall coverings to make the environment less clinical and more appealing.

The outcome

The Vanguard unit was on site for six months where it served as a fourth delivery room for the team. During that time, Vanguard received very positive feedback, both from the staff working on the unit and mothers and their families about the welcoming and high-quality environment the unit provided for this extremely important hospital experience. Around one baby a day was born in the temporary delivery suite – giving a grand total of around 125 brand new babies who were welcomed into the world in the Q-bital mobile delivery room!

Project statistics


Babies born in the Vanguard unit


the number of delivery rooms available at the hospital while the unit was in place


months the unit acted as a temporary delivery room

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