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Dementia challenges eased with fresh air

Dementia challenges eased with fresh air  » 

Access to outdoor spaces is vital when creating healing environments for people with dementia, according to new guidance.

Are we too complacent about climate change?

Are we too complacent about climate change?  » 

Hospital managers need to work more closely with staff and patients if they are to tackle the threat of climate change, experts have warned.

The future of neuro rehabilitation

The future of neuro rehabilitation  » 

The country’s first purpose-built neuro and spinal rehabilitation centre has opened in Middlesbrough, setting a new standard for long-term treatment and helping the NHS to save millions of pounds.

The importance of louvre specification

The importance of louvre specification  » 

Specifying a louvre system is a compromise between air flow and water ingress. Poor specification can lead to rainwater ingress, not enough ventilation, wasted energy and poor performance, not only of the equipment being ventilated, but that of the building as a whole.

And then there was light!

And then there was light!  » 

Nearly every physical environment you find yourself in will have lighting of some sort of another. But, in healthcare environments, such systems are vital, both to ensure doctors can carry out examinations properly and, just as importantly, to provide an enhanced patient experience.

Bringing services to the bedside

Bringing services to the bedside  » 

Bed spaces in hospitals are a complicated maze of wires, cables and other high-tech equipment, which is vital to the smooth running of services, as well as to the wellbeing and recovery of patients.

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Reducing the impact of A&E

Reducing the impact of A&E  » 

Hospital accident and emergency departments up and down the country are being urged to implement a new two-stage design intervention in a bid to improve the patient experience and cut down on violence and aggression against staff.

The risks of anti-ligature

The risks of anti-ligature  » 

Mental health trusts lack the knowledge and support they need to ensure patient environments are truly ligature free, according to a leading manufacturer of global shading and privacy systems.

A little goes a long way

A little goes a long way  » 

Designing environments for people with dementia does not have to be expensive. In fact the cost of providing a holistic setting that promotes independence and relieves anxiety can be cheaper than you think.

Creating a benchmark for autism services

Creating a benchmark for autism services  » 

When the City of Edinburgh Council decided to invest £4m in improving adult autism services in the city, architects assigned to the project had little precedent to follow and soon realised they were creating the benchmark for future services across the UK and further afield.

Finding your way

Finding your way  » 

Traditionally, hospitals and healthcare centres in the UK have had a ‘patchwork quilt’ approach to wayfinding, adding signage as and when new buildings are constructed or when additional services are introduced.

Infection control drives washroom design

Infection control drives washroom design  » 

Practical, functional and robust. These are the all-important buzzwords when selecting bathroom and washroom products for healthcare environments. Procurement of specialist sanitaryware and other equipment is driven mainly by the continuing focus within the healthcare sector on infection prevention and control.

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