Single Patient Rooms: New Ward Design

The Clinical Need

All new hospitals built in England will be required to have only single patient rooms.

Following guidance from the New Hospital Programme (NHP), NHS Trusts will need to make a change in hospital design, moving from multi-bed bay wards to 100% single rooms. Previously, NHS trusts were expected to consider a minimum of 50 per cent single rooms when refurbishing or building new facilities.

Last year, NHS England’s medical director Sir Stephen Powis said single patient rooms should be “the default” in hospitals as this would improve infection control and patient flow.

Speaking at the NHP Industry Day in December 2022, NHS estates minister Lord Markham said there were efficiencies associated with single patient rooms “in terms of your bed capacity and utilisation of that capacity”. Infection prevention and control is also considered to be a critical advantage.

Our Solution: Single Person Rooms

Health Spaces is working with a number of NHS Trusts across the UK as they navigate the guidance from the New Hospitals Programme to create 100% single patient rooms.

Working with NHS Trusts including estates and facilities, clinical teams and patients, our team of healthcare design and build specialists provide a consultative approach in healthcare estates strategy, and design and build for hospitals.

“Architecture is at its most rewarding when we work closely with building users; clinical and non-clinical – staff and patients.  We can solve difficult problems and help to evolve new practices together, while always looking ahead to future opportunities and needs.”

A Concept Ward

“A modern environment with 20 single en-suite bedrooms, offering a greater degree of privacy and dignity to aid recovery.” – Paul Morris, Chief Nurse, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Health Spaces is working with James Paget University Hospital to create a concept ward which will act as a test environment for staff as they trial the single room principles. The new 28-bed ward will enable the hospital to gather evidence from patients, patient advocacy groups and staff.

In developing a new 28 bed ward, the Trust has worked closely with our architects to carefully consider single patient room designs. Read the case study.

To understand how the single bed designs were developed, watch our Journey Towards Single In-Patient Rooms webinar.

Health Spaces are specialists in healthcare design and hospital modular construction. | This hospital construction project is designed to be built and delivered rapidly.

Modular Wards: a Blueprint for the NHS

Specialists in hospital construction, Health Spaces are able to offer single patient rooms as a pre-constructed modular solution. Bespoke modular units are manufactured off-site to 75% completion and delivered to site via articulated lorries to ensure for minimal disruption to patients and staff. This follows a short installation process. 

Benefits of modular hospital construction include:

  • Minimising disruption to live hospital sites
  • 95% less waste than traditional build
  • Rapid delivery to meet urgent clinical requirements
  • Increased productivity and control
  • Cost effective
  • Repeatable economies of scale
  • Reduced carbon footprint
  • Improved health and safety
Healthcare construction for the NHS | Health Spaces provides healthcare design and hospital build services for NHS Trusts all over the UK

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Health Spaces is able to work with you to guide and advise on your healthcare estates strategy, as well as hospital design and build.

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Our healthcare design team will work with your NHS Trust to understand your individual needs to create a healthcare construction project which will be tailored to your individual requirements.