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Scarborough Hospital secures prestigious award
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Kier are celebrating after being announced winners at the 18th annual Building Better Healthcare Awards.
The Building Better Healthcare (BBH) Awards are held each year to celebrate innovation and improvement in the built environment, medical devices and people working in the healthcare industry.
Lilac Ward, at Scarborough Hospital, was named winner in the ‘Best example of Efficiencies’ category - beating off stiff competition from eight other entries.
The award is presented to an individual or team of health and social care estates and facilities managers or private contractors that has demonstrated service improvements and/or changes to working practices that have helped reduce the cost of delivering services. The judges also looked for entries which have measurably reduced costs while at the same time enhanced or preserved services.
Lilac Ward, which opened last year, is an exemplar impatient ward of 32 beds on top of an existing 29 bed ward. It was recognised for its design, which incorporates best practice in clinical layout and incorporates twice as many single bedrooms as other wards at Scarborough Hospital.
Andrew Bennett, Head of Capital Projects, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, explains: “Lilac Ward provides our patients with top quality accommodation in a state-of-the-art environment and offers an improved experience for patients, visitors and ward staff.
“The design of the ward is intended to maximise not only the visibility of external landscaping to patients but also the visibility of patients to nursing staff.
“The design of the four-bed bays makes efficient use of space while maximising the distance between bed heads, which is an important factor in infection prevention. In addition, the 'nested' design of the single rooms with ensuite facilities makes best use of available space.”
The winners of the 18th annual BBH Awards were revealed on 2 November at a prestigious event in London, attended by 550 representatives from the NHS and healthcare industry.
The total number of entries was 190, spread across 26 categories, including Building Design, Patient Experience, Estates and Facilities Management, Sustainability, Technology, and People.
28 November 2016