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Acute Hospitals

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned into single-bed room provision in acute hospitals with particular reference to (a) additional capital costs, (b) patient stays and (c) patient safety. (72847)

The Department has commissioned research into single bedroom provision in acute hospitals, which includes references to additional capital costs, patient stays and patient safety.

Details of this research commissioned by the Department are shown in the table.



“Architectural Environment and Patient Health Outcomes Database”—a comprehensive literature review which includes specific references to single bedroom provision.

Available on the Department’s knowledge and information portal (KIP) at

“Independent validation of isolation room design, commissioning and operation”—research to examine the performance of a new isolation room design in relation to patient safety specifically addressing the control of airflow and accordingly airborne infections.

Due for completion September 2006

“What is the size and nature of the current need for single room isolation in hospital and how does success or failure to isolate patients affect the control of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?”—assessment of a national health service facility.

Subject to peer review

“Providing single rooms for patients—a Study of the benefits to patients & staff within NHS in England”—specifically addresses flexibility, infection control and patient focus in three NHS facilities.

Available on the Department’s KIP at

“One patient one room—Theory and Practice. An evaluation of Leeds Nuffield Hospital” —discusses the case for single bedroom accommodation including costs, occupancy, staffing and reduction of infections.

Available on the Department’s KIP at

“Ward layouts with single rooms and space for flexibility”—an examination of the benefits of single rooms in acute hospital accommodation, establishing the minimum space requirements around the hospital bed.

Available on the Department’s KIP at

“The Cost Effectiveness of Hospital Design: Options to improve patient safety and well-being”—includes an evaluation of single rooms.

Commenced 1 April 2006—due for completion 31 March 2008