Rising patient expectations, an ageing population, a focus on unhealthy lifestyles and recent medical innovations all require more integrated health services.
There is a drive to improve quality and effectiveness by organising care around patient pathways. While acute hospitals concentrate on specialist treatment, less demanding care is being shifted closer to patients’ homes, into treatment centres and community hospitals, and integrated with GP and other community services.
Health premises need to be efficient and effective, for example with rooms that can be used for multiple purposes, and any improvements or refurbishments to existing estates to be thoroughly planned so they’re fit for the future. Healthy, therapeutic places:
- are comfortable rather than institutional, bringing down barriers to healing
- put people in contact with the natural environment through views, planting and landscaping
- use natural light and natural ventilation wherever possible
- are designed to minimise overheating and reduce energy use.
Publications about modernising healthcare buildings
Future health: sustainable places for health and well-being
Explaining how good design makes healthy places by bringing together what CABE knows about sustainable, health-promoting design with the latest thinking about individual health and well-being.
Designed with care: design and neighbourhood healthcare buildings
15 wide-ranging case studies of community healthcare buildings that have challenged existing ways of working.
Assessing design quality in LIFT primary care buildings
Read about CABE's findings on the design quality of new primary care health buildings provided under the LIFT (local improvement finance trust) programme.
Homes for our old age: independent living by design
Featuring 10 case studies of housing schemes for older people, each of which offers inventive design and management solutions linking home and social care.