Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Away with hospital corners

Posted in healthcare by ruthslavid on November 26, 2009

Research unveiled yesterday, carried out for the Teenage Cancer Trust, showed how important it was to young people to have the level of freedom, control and comfort that the new facility, designed by ORMS in Cardiff, offers. TCT in Cardiff

Although the research by the Futures Group was a little disappointing in detail – they said that teenagers were more likely to engage with treatment and continue with it in a better environment, but had no hard statistics on clinical outcomes – it was fascinating to see that hospitals can still function effectively and safely without many of the aspects we take for granted.

It would be great to see a lot of these ideas applied to adult wards. Perhaps not graffiti walls, but the abolition of visiting hours and set meal times, and places to relax and socialise.

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