oa South African Medical Journal - Hospital and ward design with particular reference to obstetrical wards

Volume 33, Issue 19
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



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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