Are We on the Verge of a Health Estates Revolution?

Time: 12:00 - 12:20

Date: 09/10/2018

Historically, health projects and estates have been driven by project briefs that defined function, equipment and the space needed to accommodate patients, medical, nursing and support staff.

Estates professionals rightly extol the virtues of decisions based on running costs, whole life costing and energy efficiency, but priority is usually given to the immediate challenges of patient service delivery.

However, with demand seemingly never-ending and both medical science and technology developing dramatically, it seems likely that in 30 years’ time, healthcare and the buildings will be very different from what they are now.

So what will the future look like?

In the future, Health Services across the world are likely to take full advantage of emerging advances to focus on pre-emptive health checks – preferring prevention to the provision of treatment aimed at solving problems raised by the patient.

It is a small step to consider the impact on working patterns of a huge shift from emergency work to planned work and the health, time and financial benefits that this will bring. Health problems will be picked up earlier, patients will be more satisfied, and pressure will be lifted from NHS staff.

Equipment will continue to get smaller, creating less demands on space and using less energy; techniques will continue to become less invasive, resulting in quicker recovery times and less demand for beds; more conditions will be diagnosed remotely, requiring less waiting space, and patient handling. Estates will be more compact, without loss of function.

For this to happen it will need a radical rethink, not just by the NHS but by the attitude of the public and politicians who respond to the tide of opinion through policy and action.

We will demonstrate how other industries and Government Departments have started down this road.


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