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BECC Site Plan

We had hoped to preserve the old building and add a new wing on each side.

However, our architects advised that for very good reasons it would be better to demolish the old building but to rebuild the front verandah section in order to retain something of the character of the old building.

 This verandah will also provide a place for relaxation for the busy surgical staff between operations!


Role of the  BRINOS Ear Care Centre

Design Features of the BECC


The Britain Nepal Otology Service (BRINOS) in partnership with BRINOS Ear Health Community Service (BEHCS) is establishing the new BRINOS Ear Care Centre (BECC) in Nepalgunj which is in the remote region, far from the existing facilities in Kathmandu, beyond the southern part of the Himalaya mountain range.

See these external Google maps links to Nepal,  Nepalgunj and the BECC site.

For information on costs, funding and donations, please view the “Funding BECC”  Page.

The centre will provide a base for the BEHCS in servicing ear-health-care needs both in house and in the outlying villages and towns.

“A Walk through” the new BECC

Taking the split-flight stairs we turn right and, behind the fire doors, we find another waiting area. Beyond that, the ward is located above the relatives waiting room. There are more “facilities” out the back on this level as well.

Past this point, unless we were staff, we would need to be accompanied. Having come up the stairs, into the waiting area, we turn left towards the front of the building, we cross two passage-ways to reach the staff lounge and kitchenette. This also leads onto their balcony.

However, if we had turned right again at the staff lounge, we would find the operating suite, with the substantial operating theatre, set on the east side at the front of the building.

To the rear of the of the operating theatre,  we could find the suite of essential rooms: staff toilets and changing rooms, the scrub room with trolley-prep area, clean and dirty laundry rooms and a store with a trolley park.

Then there are the rear stairs down to the audiology booths and consulting rooms.

We go up the driveway and through the new gates, into the walled site. We pass the small car park, bike store and the generator “house”and we see the new centre and notice plenty of room for future extensions to the front and either side.

We can pass up the ramps, or take the few steps into the main waiting room. To the left there are more ramps into the large, relatives waiting area. (Most patients will have been accompanied on their long journey the the BECC).

Across the waiting room, we find the kitchen and the main stairs to the first floor. To our immediate right, we see the four consulting rooms. In the far corner we can see the end of the passage leading to the four audiology booths with their acoustically treated interiors.

Further along the passage we would find the laboratory, the office and the staff stairs to the operating suite.

The patient “facilities” are at the back, in the wing on the corner of the building behind the stairs.

Another very practical point was that the building was at a level lower than the street drain, which could have led to complications in the monsoon season.The new building will be raised a metre higher.

Now the delicate surgical equipment needs reliable power, since even a small gap can cause a re-set or malfunction. However, the mains electricity supply in Nepalgunj is prone to blackouts, so a large capacity uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is planned for the BECC.

The water will be heated by thermal-solar panels on the roof for economy. This also means it will not rely on mains power.

                                                  

Architects Plans for the Centre

  Ground Floor Plan



Ground Floor Plan

  First Floor Plan




First Floor Plan

  BECC Site Plan




Site Plan

It will also provide modern facilities for ear surgery, both for the visiting BRINOS teams and for the Nepalese ear surgeons who work with BRINOS.


The BRINOS Ear Care Centre (BECC)


The need grew over 26 years…

The plans grew over 10 years

The work on site took  just over 3 years

The BECC is NOW OPEN

See the Story … Progress