Healing the Hospital Environment: Design, Management and Maintenance of Healthcare Premises
The general appearance , interior design and environmental quality
of hospitals and healthcare buildings have an important influence
on patients, staff and the public. But many hospitals and
healthcare environments fail to create a positive impression.
Healing the Hospital Environment identifies why many healthcare
premises do not look or feel welcoming and why even
well-intentioned efforts to make improvements are often
unsuccessful. The authors show that significant improvements can be
made within limited resources if hospitals recognise what can be
achieved, set standards and invest in the relevant design
expertise. This practical and generously illustrated book is
written to inform those who are responsible for these important
public buildings what can be achieved. It gives a wide range of
examples of effective improvement in design, maintenance and
management of all types of hospital and healthcare premises and
their surrounding land. It is also intended to help design
professionals adapt to the particular requirements of these
buildings and their wide range of functions.
Foreword. Preface, Authors' Acknowledgements. Introduction. The Legacy and Appearance of Hospital Buildings. Landscape, Gardens and the Space Between the Buildings. principles of Interior Renovation The Role of an Interior Designer. Components of 'Any Hospital' From Reception to Chapels. Interior Features From Floors to Furniture. Colour and Other Factors. Arts and Decoration From High Art to Humble Memorabilia. The Human Factor. Professional Appointments The 'Design Team'. Fund Raising. Conclusion. Index.