In the lead up to Australian Healthcare Week 2015, we’re pleased to share with you a white paper by Andy Black, a leading and controversial figure in UK healthcare design.
This paper sets out Black’s personal observations from four decades of working in the hospital world, where the conventional image of a hospital invariably produces more planning and designs based on an established theme.
Instead, this paper is a radical prospectus for the design of a modern acute hospital that greatly differs from the ‘same old, same old’, while also taking a different approach to the organisation of clinical practice.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the provision of the inpatient beds – which remain the defining component of the piece.
According to Black, when it comes to hospital design, a good place to start ‘would be to burn all the official “planning guidance” and talk to your mother, friend or relative who is in hospital with a complex condition. From there, think it through from the beginning, anew’.
As an alternative, his ‘bed matrix’ offers complete flexibility of bed allocation. In their design, the rooms must meet two critical imperatives: to embody the concepts of ‘therapeutic environment’ and the ‘intelligent environment’.
What are your thoughts on Andy Black’s approach? Download the full white paper ‘Notes on the design of hospitals and their clinical organisation’, from the Australian HealthCare Week site, and then tell us in the comments section below.