Better planning for medical imaging and diagnositc technology in the healthcare built enviroment
By Nathaniel Hobbs, MJ Medical Director
With the pace of change in medical imaging modalities such as MRI and CT, the ability to gain very early diagnosis of a whole spectrum of medical conditions will soon be available to healthcare providers. This will see a rapid increase in preventative screening rather than therapeutic uses of medical imaging equipment. In turn, the…Read More…
Denmark hoists a technology lesson
Ceiling mounted hoists are used to help solve the problems related to moving and handling patients. In the UK this seems to be seen as the only function of a hoist and attitudes towards fitting hoists in hospitals vary from Trust to Trust. In the new Southmead Hospital in Bristol ceiling mounted hoists have been fitted in every single bedroom,…Read More…
The role of design in realising opportunities for the NHS Estate
Against a backdrop of budgetary pressures, on-going quality of care scandals and seismic shifts in commissioning structures, the state of the NHS estate is again coming to the fore in public debate. A recent report by Nigel Edwards, a Senior Fellow at the Kings Fund, makes the point that much of the NHS estate is underutilised and not-fit-for purpose. He…Read More…
Europe’s most integrated hospital – but is it?
By Alexis Carlyon, MJ Medical Consultant
Technology and its total integration within the hospital environment was at the forefront of the briefing for the new St Olav’s hospital in Trondheim. Almost sixteen years on from its inception, has the vision been realised and has it delivered the fully immersed integration it aimed for?
In April 2013, along with other students from the Planning…Read More…
Do Italians design hospitals just as well as they do shoes?
By Danny Gibson, MJ Medical Director
Italy is well known for its creative flair and contemporary design but when translated to healthcare, what part does equipment and technology have to play in the creation of new award winning hospitals and can the UK health system learn anything from the Italian approach?
In April this year, my colleagues and I from the Medical…Read More…