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Construction activity takes a nosedive

Construction activity takes a nosedive  » 

The healthcare construction sector has seen a worrying drop in contracts over the summer, reversing a period of growth seen earlier this year.

A new approach to hospital design

A new approach to hospital design  » 

Wales is leading the way in transforming healthcare delivery in an effort to keep people out of hospital and treat them closer to home.

Help is at hand

Help is at hand  » 

A key consideration when designing care homes are bathroom facilities. Good construction and design will enable carers to provide a better service at the same time as reducing the risk of injury to residents and staff.

Grasping the opportunities

Grasping the opportunities  » 

There are still opportunities for NHS organisations to ‘significantly’ reduce their carbon emissions and be more environmentally friendly, despite many trusts having ‘picked all the low-hanging fruit’, experts claim.

Where dreams come true

Where dreams come true  » 

The Disney Reef outdoor play area recently opened at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) in London. Positioned at the heart of the world-famous hospital, it was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers in collaboration with GOSH’s play team and young patients.

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Taking a lead on sustainable development

Taking a lead on sustainable development  » 

Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust was singled out as a trailblazer when it was named overall winner at this year’s NHS Sustainability Awards.

Part of the furniture

Part of the furniture  » 

Care homes serve a great number of people and are often the first, and maybe last, place in which an elderly person will live after leaving their own home.

A new trend in modular construction

A new trend in modular construction  » 

Over recent years there has been a very-visible shift within healthcare towards more-modern construction methods. The use of mobile and modular buildings, in particular, is growing exponentially, offering much-quicker build times, improving energy efficiency, and enhancing the patient and staff experience.

Step change needed to futureproof health  » 

UK health trusts need to work alongside design and construction professionals, the Government, and suppliers of products and services to bring about a ‘step change’ and create a healthcare estate that is fit for purpose, futureproof, and enables the more-efficient delivery of modern clinical services.

Modern lighting helps surgeons see the way

Modern lighting helps surgeons see the way  » 

Lighting is crucial in healthcare environments, enabling accurate diagnoses and enhancing the healing and working environment. But good lighting is perhaps most critical in operating theatres, where the ability to see the smallest detail can make all the difference to outcomes.

Finding a balance

Finding a balance  » 

Before you request the assistance of an HVAC supplier; you must first ensure they have a genuine understanding of the unique parameters that healthcare facilities are expected to work within.

Calling attention to infection risk

Calling attention to infection risk  » 

“For many years, the primary focus for nurse call manufacturers when designing new products would be the electronics and circuit boards, with the enclosure somewhat of an afterthought.

Tackling the invisible

Tackling the invisible  » 

With constant foot traffic within facilities, healthcare managers must give careful thought as to how they can minimise the risk of an infection spreading. Around 80% of infections are transmitted through the environment, whether that’s in the air we breathe, or the surfaces we touch.

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