Quality Buildings, Quality Care: How buildings contribute to improved patient care and staff wellbeing

A new British Property Federation report has found that Acute Trusts with newly-built facilities are more likely to have low mortality rates.

Three out of the 19 (16%) Trusts in the UK that are new-builds incur "significantly below average" deaths, compared to 13 out of 118 Trusts (11%) with older buildings. There was also a 1% reduction in mortality rates.

Another key finding was that new-build facilities had 30% lower fall rates and 10% lower overall patient harm, providing a safer environment for patients.

In addition, services provided from the types of new healthcare premises have been three to four times more likely to be rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission than services provided by older premises.