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Healthcare estate front and centre of post-election talks

Healthcare estate front and centre of post-election talks  » 

Renewed calls for the NHS to secure operational efficiencies at the same time as improving patient care mean the healthcare estate is front and centre of post-election discussions.

New lease of life for flood-hit unit

New lease of life for flood-hit unit  » 

Nearly 18 months after being damaged in flash floods, Sunshine House, a short break and palliative care unit for children and young people, has re-opened.

Everyone’s a winner

Everyone’s a winner  » 

“Often you are not aware of the amount of innovation that goes on within the marketplace, especially in times of austerity, but events like the hbf make you realise that there are wonderful things happening that could help you when working on a new scheme.”

Designing for the future of mental health

Designing for the future of mental health  » 

Architects have been urged to take a long-term view of mental health design and create ‘more-human’ environments, rather than ‘chucking up some ugly shed and hoping for the best’.

Supporting dementia sufferers through design

Supporting dementia sufferers through design  » 

Dementia-friendly environments are becoming increasingly common across the UK as hospitals and care operators begin to better understand the very-specific needs of sufferers.

How can I assist you?

How can I assist you?  » 

Whether someone is being looked after in a care or nursing facility, in hospital, or with support in their own home, ensuring they have somewhere safe to wash and bathe is vital.

A breath of fresh air for healthcare

A breath of fresh air for healthcare  » 

There are certain scenarios that increase the importance of the choices made when designing ventilation systems. In healthcare - where the careful specification of all building services is particularly crucial - indoor air quality (IAQ) is an issue that has a direct impact on what matters most: the welfare of the patients.

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Third annual healthcare buildings forum offers unique chance to build key relationships  » 

Next month sees the return of the increasingly-popular healthcare buildings forum, a two-day event giving healthcare product and service suppliers the opportunity to meet key decision-makers involved in the design and build of health and social care facilities.

A ‘perfect landing’ for Northwick Park development

A ‘perfect landing’ for Northwick Park development  » 

In the construction of modern healthcare facilities, the handover process is absolutely vital. As well as ensuring the building is ready for operation, it helps to identify emerging problems and enable occupants to gain full control over complex systems.

A matter of design

A matter of design  » 

Durability, safety and ease of cleaning continue to drive the design of furniture products for mental health environments. Manufacturers are increasingly being asked to make furniture more robust at the same time as keeping designs non-institutional.

Show me the way

Show me the way  » 

Identity, clarity, terminology, information, flexibility and zoning are all vital for good wayfinding, particularly in complex healthcare environments. Having worked on projects for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; HCA Group; East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and Mediclinic International, Endpoint has now drawn up a best practice guide on what new ideas and technologies may drive improvements to the patient experience.

The future of construction is digital

The future of construction is digital  » 

BIM stands for Building Information Modelling, or Building Information Model, and describes the process of designing a building collaboratively using a system of computer-generated models, rather than separate sets of drawings.

Location, location, location

Location, location, location  » 

Easily-accessible sinks are vital to hand hygiene compliance within healthcare settings, new research has revealed. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has highlighted the need for improvements in handwashing facilities in order to help prevent outbreaks of C.difficile in hospital and care home environments.

Going through the roof

Going through the roof  » 

Ensuring noise is kept to a minimum, works do not disrupt the delivery of services, and keeping costs low are vital considerations when specifying roofing solutions within the healthcare market.

Timber takes over

Timber takes over  » 

Prefabricating methods utilising cross-laminated timber (CLT) technology are becoming an increasingly-popular addition to off-site construction. A quicker and greener alternative to traditional concrete or steel-framed builds, the market for CLT has increased threefold over the past 24 months.

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