NHS Buildings Quality ‘Must Not Impact On Patient Safety’

New Data Raises Concerns

08.12.2010

The condition of hospitals and other buildings used by the NHS must not impact on the quality of care that patients receive, a medical lawyer has urged.

New Department of Health data published by the BBC has highlighted that almost 20 per cent of facilities currently used in England, including mental health units and community hospitals, do not meet the required standard.

The figures are based on findings related to issues including the space available and layout of buildings, as well as the amount of toilets, storage space and offices.

According to the research, any properties used by the NHS which are below the requisite level need refurbishment work.

Discussing the findings, Lisa Jordan of Irwin Mitchell’s Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team said: “Safety must always come first for the NHS, so anything that could impact on the wellbeing of patients must be addressed.

“The research has highlighted that poor buildings could have an impact in a number of ways, whether it be a lack of space or a lack of cleaning facilities that could play a key role in infection control.

“Ultimately, this report needs to lead to changes in the set-up of many NHS buildings, which could ensure that any person treated at the sites is given the best possible care and attention.”