The report looks at:
Commenting on the new Department of Health strategy, David Johnson, Director and General Manager of Yorkon, said, “This guidance offers a host of benefits using integrated thinking and a fresh approach to the design of healthcare facilities. The guidelines promote flexible, multi-functional and adaptable buildings that can be expanded or contracted according to changing local needs and NHS strategy.”
“The benefits include avoidance of over-capacity and under-utilisation of buildings, staff will have fantastic places to work in, buildings will be more sustainable and efficient, and patients will be treated in safe, secure, welcoming and user-friendly environments, with privacy and dignity.”
He added, “The guidance also highlights the opportunity to maximise work off site. The cluster layout of primary and community care facilities outlined in HBN 11-01 lends itself very well to off-site construction, allowing healthcare providers, staff and patients to benefit from the speed, quality, efficiency and sustainability advantages of more innovative construction solutions.”
Historically, primary care services have been delivered from buildings of widely varying quality. Buildings became larger at increased cost, as more services had to be accommodated, and the efficiency of those buildings decreased.
The overriding principle of the new guidelines, which are outlined in the Yorkon report, is the shared use of space. Designers are encouraged to consider wider uses for a building than ‘9 to 5’, and the impact of key service issues on space planning, such as service timetabling.
The guidance is applicable for the design of GP surgeries, health centres, primary care facilities, resource and urgent care centres, and community hospitals.
To download a copy of the new technical paper, visit www.yorkon.info/industryreports.
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