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.

EuHPN 2018: Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-27 September

It’s just a few days until the start of the 2018 EuHPN workshop.  This year we have an amazing range of countries represented from across Europe and a wonderfully diverse group of speakers, both academics and practitioners with interests in planning, designing, constructing and financing all kinds of healthcare infrastructure.  Special thanks to our sponsors Chalmers University of Technology and White Arkitekter for their generous support.  You can download the latest version of the programme here, and if you would like to register (a few places still available) then please complete the registration form.

See you in Gothenburg!

ARCH19 – the 4th Architecture Research Care & Health Conference, Norway

‘Building for better health, research & innovation in architecture & urban design for care & health’ is the title of ARCH19 – the 4th Architecture Research Care & Health conference – organised at the NTNU Knowledge Centre of the St Olav Hospital in Trondheim – Norway –     12th until 14th of June 2019.

ARCH19 connects research & innovation to promote collaborative innovation processes in architecture and urban design for care & health. ‘Building for better health’ aims to offer an insight into gained knowledge and research projects that focus on the issues of care, health, architecture and urban design and brings together researchers and practitioners to present findings and exchange gained knowledge according to the following three guiding topics:

  1. Health promoting architectural and urban design
  2. Housing for people with special needs
  3. Architecture for healthcare service organisations

Therefore, NTNU would like to invite you to react to their call for original research papers and ask you to send in your abstract before the 1st of October 2018.

Please visit NTNU website at www.ntnu.edu/arch19 for more information about the call for papers, guiding topics, research approaches and submission procedures.