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Poor hospital design has an impact on staff, patients, and healthcare

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 23 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k288
  1. Matt Morgan, honorary senior research fellow, consultant in intensive care medicine and head of research and development, editor123
  1. 1Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  2. 2University Hospital of Wales, UK
  3. 3BMJ OnExamination
  1. mmorgan{at}

A good physical environment shows organisational respect and care

I try my best to indoctrinate my children into liking the same things I do. This is, of course, doomed to fail—which is a good thing. Thus far tastes in food, music, and books can be added to the “Dad, you are so embarrassing” list. One thing we all agree on, however, is Mr Bean. While watching the 25 year old series recently, it struck me how dated the physical environment and everyday objects appeared. The cars looked ancient, as did the clothes, the street signs, and even the food. The muffins were small and shrivelled and the coffee was instant.

There was one scene, however, that didn’t look at all dated. In one episode, Mr Bean attends the local emergency department after getting …

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