This is a methodical review of all plans either for new schemes or of the existing estate.
We start with macro whole hospital plans in terms of access and egress of movement and departmental relationships.
The next steps are to consider the intra and inter-departmental layouts, the functional relationships of spaces within and between departments, the functionality of spaces to assess whether the plans meet the brief.
The outcome is a recommendations for ways to improve layouts – floor by floor, department by department.
It is essential to ensure that clinical and non-clinical space is used to full capacity with no rooms left unoccupied for long periods of time.