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Healthcare facilities should provide a therapeutic environment in which the overall design of the building contributes to the process of healing and reduces the risk of healthcare-associated infections rather than simply being a place where treatment takes place.
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Health Building Note 00-02 provides design guidance and indicative room layouts of sanitary spaces in healthcare buildings.

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Health Building Note 00-03 provides design guidance and indicative room layouts of generic
clinical and clinical support spaces in healthcare buildings.

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This document provides guidance on the design of circulation and communication spaces in hospitals and other healthcare buildings, including corridors, internal lobbies  and stairs, and lifts. It also provides supporting information on doors and handrails.

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This HBN has been revised to reflect the increasing long-term risks associated with climate change. HM Government’s (2012) ‘UK climate change risk assessment’ (CCRA) shows that flooding is one of the largest risks for the UK. Therefore, this document has been updated to provide more guidance on adaptation measures to reflect this and other climate change impacts such as floods and heatwaves.

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This guidance, aimed at all providers of NHS care, discusses the various stages of a capital build project from initial concept to post-project evaluation. It highlights the major infection prevention & control (IPC) issues and risks to address at each particular stage to achieve designedin IPC.

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This Health Building Note (HBN) outlines the policy and performance requirements for flooring used in healthcare facilities.
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This Health Building Note (HBN) outlines the policy and performance requirements for walls and ceilings used in healthcare facilities.
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This Health Building Note (HBN) outlines the policy and performance requirements for sanitary assemblies used in healthcare facilities.
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This Health Building Note (HBN) outlines the policy and performance requirements for windows used in healthcare facilities.
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This Health Building Note provides guidance on minor cardiac procedures and cardiac operating theatre suites for inclusion in acute settings, and also guidance that describes spaces that are unique to a catheter laboratory suite.

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This Health Building Note covers the policy and service context, and planning and design considerations, for cancer treatment facilities.

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This Health Building Note sets out practical guidance on how to provide safe, effective isolation facilities for infectious patients

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This Health Building Note provides best practice guidance on the planning and design of in-patient
facilities for adults.

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This Health Building Note provides guidance on critical care units that admit patients whose dependency levels are classified as level 2 or 3

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This document provides guidance for the design of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology facilities and services. The provision of diagnostic services at primary care level is recognised, as are differences between tertiary and secondary level healthcare providers. A wide range of design options is covered, with discussion of factors that will inform selection of the most appropriate option. 

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The major part of this volume reviews the built
environment implications of introducing PACS into an acute hospital.

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This Health Building Note (HBN) provides guidance on accommodation for maintenance dialysis, based in a satellite unit.

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This Health Building Note is a guide to the planning and design of a main renal unit

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This Health Building Note covers the policy and service context, and planning and design considerations for maternity care facilities.

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This Health Building Note covers the policy and service context, and planning and design considerations, for neonatal units.

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This Health Building Note is the second volume in the series that gives guidance on facilities for surgical procedures in all healthcare settings. This volume describes the facilities required for a day surgery unit located within either an acute hospital or a treatment centre.

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This Health Building Note gives guidance on the
planning and design of a sexual and reproductive health clinic located on an acute hospital site, either as a standalone facility or as an adjunct to a general out-patients department (OPD).

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Health Building Note (HBN) 12, ‘Out-patients
department’ addresses the planning and design of outpatient accommodation. The guidance is principally for use in connection with departments that are attached to, or form part of, an acute hospital or treatment centre, although the advice will be equally relevant to facilities provided elsewhere.

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This Health Building Note (HBN) provides guidance to help health planners, estates and facilities managers, sterile services managers and capital planning and design teams to plan and design a sterile services department.
It supersedes HBN 13: ‘Sterile services departments’
published in 1992.

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This guidance is aimed at the multidisciplinary team including clinicians, design teams, estates planners, and managers involved in the strategic and operational planning of an A&E service and built space.
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This document gives best practice advice on the planning and design of accommodation for NHS
pathology services. It focuses on laboratory-based facilities within acute hospitals (on-site or stand-alone) serving acute and primary care needs across a pathology network.

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This document replaces the previous Health Building Note (HBN) 23, ‘Hospital accommodation for children and young people’ (1994).

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This Health Building Note (HBN) is the first of a new edition of HBN 26 that gives guidance on facilities for surgical procedures in all healthcare settings. This volume describes the facilities required to support inpatient operating theatres in an acute general hospital.

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This volume provides guidance for the planning and
design of accommodation for an endoscopy unit in an
acute general hospital. Appendix 2 describes in simple terms how Volumes 1 and 2 can be used to plan and design a combined day surgery and endoscopy unit. The option of providing a free-standing endoscopy unit is recognised. Project teams planning a free-standing unit should consider the need for facilities additional to those described in this volume, for example, accommodation
which in an acute general hospital would be provided on a whole hospital basis.