Nightingale ward


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Nightingale ward

a hospital ward designed by Florence Nightingale that revolutionized hospital design. The number of beds allowed in a ward of given size was limited to permit the circulation of air and to enhance general cleanliness and the comfort of patients. Three sides of the ward were windowed to admit light and fresh air. Although multiple-bed wards are now obsolete in hospital design, the concerns and benefits that impelled Miss Nightingale to create them remain central to hospital planning.

Nightingale ward

A type of hospital ward that is now rare in the UK, which consists of one large room without subdivisions, and 24 to 34 beds arranged along the sides. Nightingale wards often have side utility rooms (1–2 side rooms that can be pressed into service for patient isolation or privacy). While they are noisier than bays (a modern ward design containing 4 to 6 beds), nursing staff find it easier to observe patients in larger wards.
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She preferred the long Nightingale wards, but we loved the round wards because you could see everyone and reach them easily.
Birmingham hospitals may have to return to old-fashioned Florence Nightingale wards because so many patients are falling out of bed.
He added:"The Florence Nightingale wards are just not up to modern healthcare standards and the hospital is aging -it is nearly 100 years old.
IN 1948, large open-plan dormitory-style wards, called Nightingale wards, were the norm.
It called for old-style Nightingale wards and large bedded bay areas to be closed.
A Greater Glasgow Health Board spokesman said: 'The old Florence Nightingale wards are really not fit for modern medicine.
Nightingale wards are long, open-plan rooms, often mixed sex, allowing little privacy and with few facilities.
Nightingale wards - of which there are many in our older hospitals - are an expensive problem to solve.
Nightingale wards were light, airy and spaced apart.
Currently Alder Hey costs pounds 28m a year to maintain and its old Nightingale wards are too small but there is no room to expand on the current site
Under the hospital's plan, instead of wards being on the upper levels of the building they would all be on ground floor and the old-fashioned Nightingale wards would go.
This was an old hospital and not purpose-built for children and some of the facilities were not particularly child-friendly with long, old-fashioned Nightingale wards,' he said.