This publication contains guidance on the planning and design of facilities for rehabilitation services provided within acute general hospitals, as well as in a range of community settings. It adopts a modular approach to the topic, which describes facilities for separate elements of a general rehabilitation service that can be put together as circumstances require and according to local needs, to achieve good management and value for money in capital and revenue terms. Recognition is given to the need to make decisions locally, as close to the patient as possible, and the involvement of service users and representatives in the planning and design process is encouraged. Sections cover: general service considerations; environment and design considerations, operational aspects including health and safety, catering and domestic services, health records service and IT; general planning issues including parking, entrance and reception areas, clinical and therapeutic spaces; engineering considerations; and cost information. It also includes case studies of four different settings and a patient's perspective of using the services of a rehabilitation unit. This publication supersedes the previous edition (ISBN 0113224516) published in 2000.
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