2018 Workshop, Gothenburg, 25-27 September

Download the outline programme for the 2018 EuHPN workshop ‘Research and Evalutation for Care Infrastructure Closer to Home’ here: Outline_programme Gothenburg 280518_03.

This year the EuHPN workshop looks at infrastructure development outside the field of grand hospital developments, by concentrating on community hospitals and smaller-scale mental health units, enhanced primary care centres and specialist health secondary care facilities.  We will be presenting cases from across Europe to help us to explore the trends and the challenges.

Our cross-cutting theme is the need for structured and well-evidenced strategic planning and design based on high quality evidence and a sound knowledge base.  As well as the contribution from traditional academic approaches to health building research, we will also explore new ways to plan, design and evaluate the built environment, by using Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

The outline programme also has all the information you need on travel arrangements and hotel accommodation, and you can register by downloading and completing this form: EuHPN_2018_Workshop Registration

 

A Medical City in the City: Erasmus MC’s Vision of an Academic Hospital

On 13th and 14th April I had the privilege to attend Erasmus Medical Center’s newbuild2018 congress: a celebration of the planning, design, engineering, construction, thought and sheer hard work that has led to the rebuilding – and re-imagining – of an entire academic hospital campus.

Over the course of two days over 170 people had the opportunity to contribute to a multitude of workshops which explained the complex processes involved, over a period stretching back many years, in creating the physical infrastructure which now supports the vision of truly patient-focused hospital care.  Following our discussions, we had the rare opportunity to visit the academic hospitals wards, administrative areas and technical installations, just one month before patients and staff move in.  In some ways, seeing the finished product just before it is in use gives a false impression, a sense that the physical environment and all its attendant and smart technology, somehow sprang into being effortlessly.  Nothing could be further from the truth, of course.  The directors, clinicians, architects, engineers and administrators who ran the workshops and conducted the tours were very open about the difficulties they encountered along the way, including some set-backs and difficult decisions.  Nonetheless, their pride in the final achievement was very clear.  Together with their many partners, including Rotterdam City Council, the end result is a hugely impressive amalgam of building design, care pathway decisions, technological innovation and process engineering.  Just to give a flavour of the scale of the new hospital project, we are talking about:

  • 207,000 m2 gross floor area
  • 15,000 m2 of laboratory space
  • Tower: 120 meters, 29 floors
  • Hospital: 48 meters, 12 floors
  • 46 lifts
  • More than 7.5 km of sun protection
  • More than 2200 piles
  • More than 2 million m3 of air exchange per hour
  • 2500 km of data cabling for various systems
  • 2 roof gardens (approx. 3,000 m2) on the 8th floor

If you want the full picture, you can download the 2016 book of the project, in English, here , and have a look at the introductory video for the congress delegates, here.  And if you’d like to take your own, virtual tour of the hospital, you can watch a short video, here (subtitles in English), which introduces you to the public spaces, the single patient rooms (with ‘rooming in’ facilities), the arrangement of outpatient clinics and day case centres, the functional layering of the hospital, and much, much more besides.

It isn’t easy to provide a single, overarching impression of the new Erasmus MC from a 1.5 day visit, partly because there was so much information to process and consider, and partly because one would need much longer to fully appreciate all the features.  However, having said that, I was very impressed with what seemed to be a genuine and comprehensive attempt to see things from the point of view of patients and families, but also to provide staff with a high quality environment.  You could see this in the most basic functions: car parking at the level of the main entrance, for example, to make access as easy as possible; or in the ample provision of shops, restaurants and cafes in the main concourse and the attention to detail in the landscaping of the roof gardens.  But these considerations extend everywhere, even to the ‘hot floor’ areas where, for instance, the building’s designers have ensured that every operating theatre has natural light.

The new Erasmus MC is an amazing achievement: a medical city, within a city but intimately connected to it.

Jonathan Erskine

Executive Director, European Health Property Network

EuHPN 2018 Workshop – save the date!

This year’s EuHPN workshop will be taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from 25 to 27 September. We are grateful to the Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers Technical University for assistance in finding a top quality venue and in developing our workshop theme.  We will be posting more information here as the programme develops. For now, please save the dates and come our site for regular updates.

Newbuild2018: 13-14 April, Erasmus MC

The next step in hospital design: presenting the New Erasmus MC

This congress, taking place 13-14 April in Rotterdam, Netherlands, is organised by Erasmus University Medical Center, EGM Architects, Royal HaskoningDHV, ptg advies and Juurlink [+] Geluk.  It features a range of top quality plenary speakers, panel discussions, workshops and guided tours which will tackle a range of issues:

  • Smart technology and innovation
  • Connected Human Spaces
  • Concepts for ambulatory care
  • Future-readiness of hospitals
  • Building process management

In addition, on 12 April, there will be a preconference workshop organised in collaboration with the Architecture Institute Rotterdam (AIR).

For more information, and to register, please consult the programme folder.

EuHPN 2017 Workshop, 20-22 November, Turin, Italy

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Future Proofing Health System Infrastructure

Design, technology and innovation to ensure a fit for purpose healthcare estate

The 2017 EuHPN workshop, which took place 20-22 November in Turin, Italy, welcomed a mix of health estates and facilities professionals, health system planners and policy makers, clinicians with an interest in the built environment, hospital directors, capital investment experts and healthcare architects and engineers for a fascinating three days of presentations and debates on how bes to future proof Europe’s healthcare built environment.

You can download the final programme here, and nearly all of the speaker presentations are available here, or by clicking on the ‘Workshops’ tab and choosing ‘Turin 2017’.   

This year EuHPN welcomed HealthManagement.org as the media partner for the 2017 workshop.  The network is very grateful to Primaned, PMWeb, EMEC Italy and Bender Italy for their generous support as workshop sponsors.

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EuHPN Workshop 2016 – Madrid 23-25 November – Healthcare Infrastructure for a Web of Care

European countries face an urgent need to provide their citizens with more personalised services, responsive to changing models of health and social care. This shift, encouraged by new technologies, is characterised by more distributed and decentralised care provision.  Hospitals focus increasingly on highly specialised diagnoses and treatments, while primary and community care adopt some features which were previously available only in secondary care centres.  Home care services, and forums for patient self-management, are becoming important factors in the overall care system, and non-clinical environments are playing a significant role in patient education and support.  These trends add up to a move away from care provision in traditional silos, towards a web of care which extends from the home, to spaces for work and leisure, and, of course, to newly imagined clinical environments.

The 2016 EuHPN Workshop addressed the effects of this societal change on the physical environment of care. A range of speakers from across Europe, including invited speakers from Spain, spoke on:

  • The rationale for the web of care, including service reform
  • How to plan for radical reconfiguration of healthcare infrastructure
  • Designs for a new generation of healthcare buildings
  • Health-promoting public spaces
  • Technologies which enable better care, in and out of health facilities
  • Implementing new care models and their supporting infrastructure.

The workshop programme and presentions from the workshop can be found under the ‘Workshops’ tab.