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Privacy and dignity to be improved in hospitals

21st January 2010

A groundbreaking new project is looking at improving the experience of patients in a hospital setting.


Leading British designers and architects will work with those on the frontline of the NHS to improve the overall hospital environment under the Design for Patient Dignity initiative.

The Department of Health has teamed up with the Design Council and signed up some of the best minds in the design industry, including designers Ben de Lisi and Pearson Lloyd.

Six teams of leading UK product, interiors, fashion and systems designers, architects and manufacturers have been appointed to work on a range of briefs.

It follows extensive research into what issues matter most to patients, staff and experts.

The key focus areas will be on ward layouts, new products which help provide greater privacy for patients within the ward, better patient gowns which improve patient dignity, more dignified toileting and washing facilities and new ways of improving the physical and emotional security of patients being transferred within hospitals.

Prototypes will be unveiled in March and be introduced into hospitals early next year.

Health Minister Ann Keen said: “The Design for Patient Dignity Programme is a groundbreaking initiative – it provides an opportunity for designers and manufacturers in the UK and those working at the frontline of patient care to work together to help improve the patient experience, as well as boosting industry investment and jobs in the UK.”

David Kester, Chief Executive of the Design Council, said: “By bringing designers, manufacturers, patients and experts together, we are helping transform the hospital experience for millions.”


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Pat Roberts

Wednesday 28th April 2010 @ 16:14

Would be good to have patient involvement in this initiative to ensure the patient voice is heard.

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Article Information

Title: Privacy and dignity to be improved in hospitals
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 13841
Date Added: 21st Jan 2010


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