The building of the Addenbrooke’s Treatment Centre (ATC) was a joint Hospital, University and Medical Research Council project to create a centre for medicine and research and was officially opened by the Countess of St Andrews on 6th Nov 2007.
The Centre covers 6 floors with sterile services (CSSD) on level one, then on the second are diabetes and endocrinology clinics, phlebotomy, main theatres and the Day Surgery Unit; on the third floor are the MRC, radiology, genetics outpatient clinic, and endoscopy; ENT, Maxfax and plastics and Gynae, Breast & Urology, are on the 4th and 5th floors and academic genetics, clinical genetics and NHS laboratories are on the top floor.
Building started in October 2004 and the first unit to move in was The Sterile Services Department (CSSD) on 5th April 2007. The first patients treated in the new centre on 12th April 2007 were in the day surgery unit. Prior to the opening of the new Day Surgery Unit there had been two locations within the hospital for treating day surgery cases: outpatients and K3.
The next to move, at the end of April were Wards C6 and D6 which became wards L4 and M4 and throughout the year the other units and departments moved in.
In the main Atrium is a suspended sculpture called ‘Aslepian’ which was installed in 2008. The sculpture was inspired the ancient symbol of medicine, “The Staff of Asclepius”, a single snake wound around a staff. Asclepius was the Greek god of healing who was often pictured with such a staff. The movement of the outer wheels, circling the central column, mimic that of the snake entwined around Asclepius’s staff.