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Hospital buildings are putting health at risk

Hospital buildings are putting health at risk  » 

The Government is being urged to conduct an audit of the healthcare estate after a BBC inquiry revealed that 90% of NHS trusts have hospital buildings that contain potentially-deadly asbestos.

Looking to the future

Looking to the future  » 

The shift away from the large-scale PFI projects of the past decade, and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit and the future of NHS capital funding, is expected to impact healthcare construction activity in the next 12 months, experts predict.

Transforming the future of modern healthcare

Transforming the future of modern healthcare  » 

The transformative design of a new £9m healthcare centre is leading the modernisation of primary healthcare facilities across the UK.

Operation Offsite

Operation Offsite  » 

Pressure on the NHS has never been greater, and with more patients and the expectation of shorter treatment times, the challenge is on for trusts to carry out more operations.

Finding your way

Finding your way  » 

Visitors to a large majority of hospital buildings face a confusing labyrinth of corridors, rooms, receptions, and waiting areas, and navigating these can be a major problem.

Under pressure

Under pressure  » 

A lot of design expertise goes into the creation of modern hospital beds – from both a patient safety and a staff safety point of view. But it’s not only the bed frame that needs to be considered.

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Wasted opportunities

Wasted opportunities  » 

Care homes could save up to 45% on waste management costs by adopting more-efficient strategies. Anenta Waste has predicted massive savings are possible across the sector if some of the current stumbling blocks are addressed.

More than bells and buzzers

More than bells and buzzers  » 

Hospitals may be notoriously slow in the uptake of innovative technology, but nurse call system manufacturers are reporting a significant increase in demand for telecare-style systems, driven by the increasing use of ‘wearable’ technology and common IP platforms.

Conflicting risks drive design

Conflicting risks drive design  » 

Whether in a care home or hospital, handwashing and bathing are key daily tasks that help to aid recovery, preserve dignity, and prevent the spread of infection.

Make some noise

Make some noise  » 

Noise levels in modern hospitals are extremely high - and they’re rising. According to a study by Busch-Vishniac et al, carried out in 2005, daytime levels are up, on average, by 0.38 dB, while night-time levels rise by 0.42 dB year on year.

Open all hours

Open all hours  » 

Hospitals are, on the whole, public buildings which are open, often round the clock, to a large volume of people, including staff, patients and visitors.


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