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Design for Future NHS Builds

September 23, 2008 11:40 AM

A new design action plan will see patients, visitors and staff benefit from improvements in how NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde plans and builds health care facilities.

The action plan has been produced to ensure any future new builds, refurbishments or upgrading projects by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will offer patients a high quality health care environment that demonstrates both value for the public purse and provides buildings that our communities will be proud of.

This builds on the many positive developments already underway in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Anna Baxendale, Head of Health Improvement and Equalities, explains: “We want to ensure that any future projects are designed to the highest standard to ensure that quality of space and functionality work together.

“The Design Action Plan has been produced at a time where NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is undertaking an unparalleled period of development and refurbishment and will ensure our hospitals, health centres and clinics not only offer patients, staff and visitors the very best in health care but in facilities that are welcoming, stimulating and conducive to better health outcomes”

The plan, developed in partnership with local authorities, architects, staff and patient representatives, clearly identifies the objectives to be applied to any new build or refurbishment across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

This includes considering the use of internal space for both clinical and non-clinical use; any external space and environmental issues in the surrounding area; any impact the building will have on the local community and ensuring staff, patients and users can feed into the design process.

Anna added: “The environment in which health care is delivered needs to provide reassurance and inspiration as well as being sensitive to the personal nature and needs associated with the use of health services.”

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For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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