‘Standardised Hospital Design: Intelligent Hospitals’
Paul Sheldon, Principal Consultant Healthcare Planner, Archus Ltd
The Intelligent Hospitals Guidance is a set of four documents commissioned by NHS England in support of the New Hospitals Programme (formerly HIP). Document 2 – ‘Delivering Standardisation of Design and Healthcare Planning’ looks to provide a framework for development that focuses on standardisation across the whole hospital environment and within key departments. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ template, but a kit of parts approach to assembling a hospital from a set of standard elements that can be identified as rooms, clusters, zones and floorplates, using standardised room layouts that can be repeated into clusters, that can then be repeated to form departments, and so on.