oa South African Medical Journal - Hospital and ward design with particular reference to obstetrical wards
|Article Title||Hospital and ward design with particular reference to obstetrical wards|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 National Building Research Institute, Pretoria|
|Publication Date||May 1959|
|Pages||397 - 400|
|Keyword(s)||Architecture, Hospital administration, Hospital design, National Building Research Institute, Obstetrical wards, Planning and War design|
It appears that the diagnostic, therapeutic and supply departments of a hospital should be planned on the ground floor in such a way as to allow the expansion and alteration that will be necessary to accommodate future changes in techniques and the resulting increased turnover per bed. The wards, however, are a fairly static element and can be stacked vertically, with the exception of maternity and paediatrics, both of which have somewhat different special planning requirements.
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