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Assessing innovation in hospital design

28 May 2012

A study has been funded by NIHR Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme assessing the impact of care delivery and working practices on the first hospital which has 100 per cent single rooms.

Tunbridge Wells hospital opened in January 2011 and is the first NHS hospital in England to have 100 per cent single in-patient rooms.  Patients from two old local hospitals, Kent and Sussex Hospital and Pembury hospital moved into the new hospital in January 2011 (women and children’s services), and the remainder in September 2011.

Lead researcher Professor Jill Maben of King's College London commented: “The wards in the old hospitals are predominantly divided into four, six or 12 bed bays. This is therefore a dramatic change for patients and staff alike.”

This study builds on earlier research by the team which examined staff and patient experience in the old hospital buildings before the move. This study assesses the impact of moving to the new build single room hospital with robust data on staff experience, patient experience, costs (including nurse staffing), and patient safety (including falls and infection rates).

 “Together phases 1 and 2 will deliver a project that answers significant questions for healthcare generally and the NHS in particular. It will generate robust evidence on which to base future hospital re-design decisions for the NHS;” Professor Maben added.

The project is expected to publish in early 2014

View the project details.
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