A group of patients and members of the public, all of whom are disabled people with a range of impairments, have produced a special guide for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) filled with design recommendations on good practice for hospital accessibility.
Publication of the Better Access to Health Guide is the culmination of five years of hard work by the group which was commissioned in 2004 by NHSGGC to help with the design of the two new £200 million Stobhill and Victoria Hospitals.
The group have played a key role in the design of the two new hospitals and their recommendations on best accessibility practice have now been made into a booklet which all NHSGGC staff will refer to when designing new or refurbished healthcare facilities.
Grant Carson, NHSGGC Non-Executive Board Member, said: “This booklet provides evidence of the added vale that can be brought to a project by having productive discussions about accessibility with the patients and public who use our healthcare facilities. Good access to premises is a keystone in enabling patients and disabled people to live full, active and healthy lives within their communities.
“The recommendations in the booklet will be of great assistance to our staff in designing new build of refurbished premises and shall ultimately help us in our efforts to deliver the highest quality medical care in world class accessible buildings.”
The design guide produced by the group advise on best accessibility practice in a number of areas including consulting rooms, toilets, waiting areas, signage and wayfinding and the selection of furniture.
For further information on the launch contact 0141 201 4429.