Can healthcare buildings make people feel better?

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It was Winston Churchill who said “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us..."

Health care buildings encompass a wide range of types, from small and relatively simple medical clinics or surgeries to large, complex, and costly, teaching and research hospitals

The design of health care buildings is governed by many regulations and technical requirements

The entire health care system is under great pressure to reduce costs and at the same time, be more responsive to patients

Whilst the NHS ranks as the best value healthcare system in the world,
it is expected to deliver efficiencies of 2-3% per year, meaning a 10-15% real terms cost reduction target – to be achieved by 2021

In the 2015 report ‘Productivity in NHS Hospitals’, an estimated £5 billion pounds could be gained in terms of efficiencies.

Some of this opportunity lies within the Hospital estate

Hospital trusts are considered good if their total estates and facilities running costs are at the rate of £320 per square metre. If everyone achieved this median it would save the NHS £1 billion pounds per year. Operational and maintenance costs contribute the majority of the cost, so anything that reduces total life-cycle cost will have tremendous returns for the up-front investment

Providing environments that offer more thermal comfort, better daylighting with views of greenery and outside space, teamed with fresh air have been proven to improve patient wellbeing

Building design can therefore contribute to getting people better quicker, saving money

And lets not forget the cost of staff - Health care is a labour-intensive industry, and much of that labour is highly skilled and highly paid. So any improvements that have a positive effect on staff productivity and wellbeing will also help

Building new or improving or healthcare buildings to be more energy efficient as well as improving user’s wellbeing could significantly contribute to realising some of significant running savings.