A well-designed healthcare building is not just for show.
It has now been proved scientifically that certain aspects of a hospital's design can actually contribute to speedier recovery, better working of the immune system and a safer stay in hospital, with fewer infections and medical errors.SheEna Macdonald, herself no stranger to the hospital system having suffered a terrible accident a couple of years ago, reports from the Netherlands and the USA on this new scientific research and asks why, though we now know how we ought to build hospitals, the designs, especially of the early PFI models, have been so poor.
She also visits one non-PFI hospital in the Midlands which is becoming the exemplar in the UK for how to build it right.
SheEna Macdonald, herself no stranger to the hospital system having suffered a terrible accident a couple of years ago, visits healthcare buildings in Ireland and the USA that specialise in cancer treatment, in the care of children and of old people.
We see how the treatment centre of the future might take an active role in promoting good health in the community and we look to the future where healthcare is delivered in the patient's home.