Healthcare planning and design services

Current research shows that a well-designed healthcare facility contributes significantly to the safe and effective delivery of healthcare and contributes to patients’ positive experience of care, thus promoting their healing and recovery. The physical environment is linked to patient and staff outcomes in three key areas:

  • Reduced staff stress and fatigue, and increased effectiveness in delivering care;
  • Improved patient safety;
  • Improvement in overall healthcare quality.

Moreover, a positive experience of good healthcare delivery extends to the patients’ families and friends.

Facilities planning is the process of determining how an activity’s tangible fixed assets can best be applied in support of the organisation’s objectives. In the case of a healthcare facility, EuroHealth Systems provide a comprehensive consultancy from the selection of an appropriate location for the facility, to the construction, equipping and staffing of the facility to meet 21st century healthcare requirements.
A hospital is a place where patients and their families frequently confront life-threatening circumstances. A key component of hospital design is therefore to provide easy access to the space and equipment needed to treat any malady. But this is only one reason why hospital planning and design is important. It is also vital because human factors analysis—the study of how people interact with their working environment and the tools they use in that environment— tells us that the design of a facility with its fixed and movable components has a significant impact on safety and human performance.

Even before location and design issues are addressed, however, the objectives and functionality of the facility must be determined. What is the main purpose of the facility? Is it intended as a general-purpose healthcare facility, offering a range of treatment options from Emergency Room to surgery and palliative care? Or is it to be a more specialised facility offering acute-care facilities, long-term treatment and hospitalisation, community clinic, or teaching and research facilities? Addressing these questions will help planners to forecast and organise the activities needed to achieve the desired goals, including the location, size, equipment and staffing of the facility.

The primary objective of healthcare facilities planning is therefore to facilitate the delivery of care by arranging and laying out spaces to ensure a smooth flow of people and equipment, so as to minimise the cost and time required to handle patients and processes within the operation. This results in the optimum utilisation of resources.

In the early stages of Eurohealth Systems planning process with you, we will:

  • Establish a clear vision for the facility and its location
  • Plan for the future growth and expansion of demand for the facility
  • Weigh the costs of new construction compared to upgrading of an existing facility
  • Evaluate the chosen location based on retail real estate fundamentals and demographics
  • Determine the chosen location’s launch plan.

The design of a healthcare facility, with its technology and equipment, creates an environment for the delivery of caregiving services. Eurohealth Systems design team will ensure that our facilities are designed to improve patient safety and minimise preventable medical error.