Key messages

• The design and commissioning team should have an appropriate membership.

• The floor plan allocates patient, staff, and storage/support areas.

• A mixture of open wards and single rooms is useful.

• Each bed area requires a floor space of at least 21 m2 (225 ft2) and adequate gas and power supplies.

• Windows, hand-washing facilities, and radiograph viewing facilities are essential.

• The space needed for storage and support services is two to three times the total bed area.

• Power, lights, air conditioning, and communications require careful consideration.

• Local safety regulations must be obeyed.

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