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    18 October 2010

DH Estates and Facilities produces guidance for NHS organisations and individuals with an interest in land, property, equipment and facilities. This information can be used to support the effective management and utilisation of property and equipment and procurement of new buildings.

The majority of DH Estates and Facilities guidance documents are published as part of the following series:

  • Health Building Notes (HBN) - advice to project teams designing and planning new buildings and adapting/extending existing buildings
  • Health Technical Memoranda (HTM) - guidance for the design, installation and running of specialised building service systems.
Print on demand and electronic versions are available from the Space for Health website (formerly the Knowledge and Information Portal)


Guidance publications are supported by the following resources:

Schedules of accommodation - details of room spaces and costings incorporating the effects of the Consumerism - Department Cost Allowance (DCAG)

Activity DataBase - a briefing, design and commissioning tool for new-build and refurbishment of healthcare buildings in acute and community settings

Quarterly Briefing - a subscription based journal/magazine containing news and information relating to the NHS built environment.

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