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GP surgeries go large - the rise of the super practice

GP surgeries go large - the rise of the super practice  » 

The Government has announced plans to drive transformation in the primary care sector within the next five years, with thousands of GP practices destined for closure and over 7,500 surgeries becoming 1,500 ‘super practices’.

Bed shortages increase interest in care homes market

Bed shortages increase interest in care homes market  » 

Over the next five years demand for care home places is expected to far exceed the number of bed spaces available. Pressures will see a necessary increase of around 9,000 bed spaces each year, while the current rate of care home development is at 5000-6000, leading to a substantial shortfall.

Ancient metal proves its worth in bug battle

Ancient metal proves its worth in bug battle  » 

Approximately four million people across the EU acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) every year, of which approximately 37,000 of those die as a result.

Hand dryers help drive efficiencies

Hand dryers help drive efficiencies  » 

Washrooms in hospitals, health centres and care homes are a recognised breeding ground for potentially-harmful bugs. And hand hygiene is crucial to reducing the spread of infection within these settings.

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Homes boost puts pressure on GP estate

Homes boost puts pressure on GP estate  » 

120 new GP surgeries and medical centres will be required in the Green Belt by 2025, new figures suggest. With 360,000 new houses planned, and a recent £3billion government investment in construction; Adam Thompson, director at Primary Care Surveyors, warns that little regard is being paid to the required social infrastructure to support those developments.

Raising the bar for design

Raising the bar for design  » 

Consultation was central to the design of a new cancer support centre in Derbyshire, which brings fragmented services under one roof for the first time.

Stopping the spread of infection with bug-busting materials

Stopping the spread of infection with bug-busting materials  » 

Antimicrobial materials and coatings are becoming a driving force in the fight against healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). Increasingly, hospitals, health centres, and other care facilities are specifying bug-busting materials to support improvements to cleaning practices.

Maximising infection control in healthcare equipment

Maximising infection control in healthcare equipment  » 

With budget cut after budget cut coming from the Government, and increased life expectancy; hospital workers are under tremendous pressure to provide excellent care while preventing the spread of infection.

It won’t wash!

It won’t wash!  » 

Estates and facilities managers need to understand ‘the big picture’ when it comes to infection control in hospitals toilets and washroom facilities.

Taking on the challenge

Taking on the challenge  » 

Modular and mobile construction methods are expected to outstrip traditional building solutions in popularity within the healthcare sector over the next few years.

Make your move

Make your move  » 

A large number of hospital patients are elderly or have mobility problems. And, in an age of compensation culture; patient lifting and transfer has to be carried out with the utmost safety in order to avoid injury to either staff or the person being moved.

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