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Vision for better-designed hospitals

A British designer has unveiled his vision to transform hospitals into better environments for both patients and visitors to give greater recognition to families and carers.

Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the new London Routemaster bus, said some of the UK’s worst environments were within the health environment.

“I sat with my grandmother when she was dying and I remember how uncomfortable the epxerience was to be there for any length of time from the quality of light to the ergonomics of the furniture,” he said in The Daily Telegraph.

“The beds are not designed for someone to speak quietly to a visitor without that visitor being contorted in a chair,” he added, stating that improvements like minimising flourescent lighting could improve hospital stays without vast expenditure.

Belfast Telegraph