Healthcare at the heart of local communities

As high streets decline, empty premises result in lower footfall for neighbouring businesses. But many hospitals are full, with little means to physically expand. A recent webinar presented by Health Spaces explored a potential solution.

Long before the pandemic, high streets had been in a gradual state of decline, with empty premises seeing a reduction in footfall for neighbouring businesses. In cities and towns, and in typically less central locations, hospitals are full, with little or no means to physically expand, limiting the potential to address ever-growing waiting lists. Kelvin Moulding, Principal of Health Spaces, a healthcare design and construction company dedicated to NHS fast-track design and build, explains how its recent webinar explored this topic.

Working closely with NHS Trusts, responding to requests for help has quickly become a daily reality for the Health Spaces team. As a healthcare construction company we specialise in NHS fast-track design and turnkey build solutions – new builds and re-purposing – but it has become abundantly clear that we have a responsibility to do more: there is now a once-in-a-generation chance to embrace economic and technological changes and put healthcare right where it is most needed.

As Sir David Sloman and Sir James Mackey of NHS England wrote earlier this year, we will only be successful in delivering these commitments if we work together. Putting more NHS healthcare assets into the heart of local communities presents an opportunity to increase efficiency, lower costs, and improve staff wellbeing, while reducing clinical risk and freeing up valuable space on acute sites.  

Log in or register FREE to read the rest

This story is Premium Content and is only available to registered users. Please log in at the top of the page to view the full text. If you don't already have an account, please register with us completely free of charge.

Latest Issues