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If I Had My Way... [Oct. 4th, 2018|12:57 pm]
Tony Grist
... I would design hospitals around quadrangles full of trees and grass and running water. The wards would be single storey with lots of windows- all of which would open- and there would be doors into the gardens- wide enough to wheel a bed through. Every bed would command a view of the world outside and every wall that wasn't glass would be brightly painted and/or display specially commissioned works of art. Ceilings would be reasonably high- and corridors- if we had to have them- as airy and well lit as the wards.It would be a guiding principle that no space should have to be lit by artificial light except on very dark days and at night...
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-10-04 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yes. Not just hospitals, but places like my Dad is at...it's ugly, old, ugly and so very institutional.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 12:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, does it cost so very much more to make places attractive?
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-10-04 02:04 pm (UTC)
Right now, they are remodeling but the 'new' rooms don't look much better than the others. I had a look down the hall yesterday and there are PeptoPink (are you familiar with Pepto Bismal?) and horrible lavender colored ones. If I had to be in a room like that I'd be sicker, I think.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think we call it pepto-bismuth- but I know what you mean.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-10-04 01:54 pm (UTC)

A place like that would be very good medicine for both the ill and their families. There are a few but not enough.
The care home my uncle lived in was very much like you describe. Even the corridors had long stretches of windows. He died last June but I remember thinking what a bright and cheery place it was.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 04:52 pm (UTC)
It can't be hard to build hospitals and nursing homes to be user-friendly, can it?
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2018-10-04 02:19 pm (UTC)
yes this would be better
the stacked boxes with no air or light
are horrible,

they've just discovered the curtains in hospitals
are major disease beds- no one bothered
to change/clean them
so separate cubicles instead of curtains are in the future,
raising the ceiling (many here are drop down with tiles)won't hurt

there is a architect that is on a strong campaign to make
hospitals healthier this would be a great addition.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 04:55 pm (UTC)
The hospital my mother was in is a "stacked box" It's not totally frightful- I've known worse- but it falls far short of my ideal.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2018-10-04 03:28 pm (UTC)
I think I'd settle for the quadrangle and the trees, big windows, and beds oriented toward the windows instead of a crummy wall. Even if I were a patient in a third-floor room, being able to see the leaves swaying in the breeze would be wonderful.

But then The Management wouldn't be able to inflict never-ending television on the patients and their visitors.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 04:58 pm (UTC)
O God, yes, television!

My mother was in a single room and could have turned the TV off if she'd wanted- but she didn't. She spends a lot of time with the TV; she doesn't know what she's watching but it's something to look at, I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: suemars
2018-10-04 04:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds beautiful.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-10-04 05:00 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about the former isolation ward I worked on as a young man. It had some of the features of my ideal (it was set on a hill top on the moors above Sheffield) and I used it as a basis for improvisation.
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