EuHPN 2018 workshop presentations now available

EuHPN’s 2018 workshop took place in Gothenburg, Sweden, with generous support from our member organisations White Arkitekter and Chalmer’s University of Technology’s Centre for Healthcare Architecture.  Around a dozen European countries were represented by 90 participants, and in addition to a series of top class presentations on our theme of Research and Evaluation for Care Closer to Home the attendees were able to visit the Carlanderska Hospital and the Nötkarnan bergsjön primary care centre – both award winning examples of design for health facilities.

You can find most of the presentations here.  The EuHPN board is currently considering options for the venue and theme of next year’s workshop – please visit our site again for updates.

 

What to do with smaller hospitals?

Many European countries face similar dilemmas: what to do with smaller hospitals providing acute medical services, particularly those which are geographically remote or otherwise less accessible.  It may be difficult to attract and retain sufficient numbers of specialist staff, and/or thought to be financially inefficient to maintain these services.  But are closure or downgrading really the only answers?  The Nuffield Trust (UK) was recently asked to examine this issue, and to suggest possible solutions.  Their thoughtful and well-researched report is available here.  The context will vary between jurisdictions, and one size rarely fits all, but the report offers a lot of food for thought.