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Wednesday, 29 May, 2002, 00:00 GMT 01:00 UK
Ministers advised to scrap NHS wards
Most NHS patients are admitted onto wards
The government has said it will consider proposals to scrap hospital wards and to offer every NHS patient their own private room.

Architects advising the Department of Health have suggested all new hospitals should have single bed rooms with en suite facilities for every patient.

In a draft report submitted to officials, they said patients would recover more quickly from operations and would be less likely to catch infections if they were in private rooms.


The Department of Health is reviewing the document

Department of Health spokesman
The Department of Health said it was reviewing the document which will go out for consultation at a later date.

According to an article in Nursing Standard magazine, the draft report by London-based architects MAAP calls on ministers to only approve those new hospital projects that include single room plans.

Boosting recovery

They have suggested that reducing noise levels and helping patients to get a better nights sleep would boost recovery rates in NHS hospitals.

They also believe eradicating traditional wards could reduce the risk of hospital infections spreading.

The report states: "The physical barrier between patients helps to prevent infection and results in less cross-infection."

The architects added that nurses would be able to monitor patients more easily than at present.

They suggested that replacing long corridors with "clusters" of rooms with glass fronts would enable nurses to see and access patients more easily.

MAAP declined to comment on the draft report findings.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said: "The document is at its draft stage only and the Department of Health is reviewing the document.

"We will undertake a wider consultation in due course. The department will consider its course of action on completion of this consultation process."

Long term changes

Susan Scott, nursing practice adviser at the Royal College of Nursing, backed the idea of more single bed rooms in the NHS.

"We often underestimate the value of sleep for health and recuperation."

But speaking to Nursing Standard magazine, she added: "The changes cannot happen overnight. In most places, we are stuck with the buildings we've got."

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