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Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow ‘too noisy’ for patients and staff

Glasgow’s main hospital is allegedly ‘too noisy’ for patients and staff.

NHS chiefs are spending £2m to create a less stressful environment at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and are looking for an expert to make improvements across the £842m building.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is also hoping to reduce noise levels at other hospitals, including Royal Alexandra in Paisley.

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Appealing for applications for the position, the health authority explained that first impressions, feelings of inclusion and creating healing spaces that help reduce anxiety are critical to hospitals.

She added: “Hospitals are by nature noisy places due to the number of people within a relatively small space, and surfaces tend to be hard and smooth so that they are easy to clean.

“This creates a noisy and stressful environment.” asks, “What design measures can be used to mitigate these sounds?”

The Health Board recognized that all five hospital sites in the NHSGGC area were subjecting patients and staff alike to a similar ‘loud and charming’ environment.

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The Health Board’s plan follows a 2016 study in the British Journal of Nursing that found that excessive noise in healthcare settings can cause headaches, cause irritability, prolong wound healing and increase sensitivity to pain.

She stated that wearing shoes with soft soles and closing doors in areas with excessive noise such as television rooms can contribute to improved patient outcomes and a better work environment.

In addition to unacceptable noise levels, a focus group set up at QEUH in 2020 to review areas in need of improvement found the entrance to be difficult to navigate, with an abundance of crowded “stressful” signs.



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She added, “The lobby space itself is very long and can feel very impersonal. There is no space for anyone to retreat to in order to feel special.”

The health board said a similar focus group would be set up at Royal Alexandra Hospital and the findings of the two groups would be shared with the lead advisor.

An NHSGGC spokesperson said: “The £2 million is a purely indicative cost and will be obtained entirely through grants and other charitable means and will be completed over a number of years as funds become available.

“The project is not limited to the hospital entrance at QEUH and will include the lobby and other public spaces at all of our major hospital locations.

“It follows other similar successful initiatives across the UK which have shown that introducing therapeutic design in these areas positively impacts recovery time, stress levels, staff retention and overall satisfaction levels.

“High quality public spaces and planning are now an integral part of hospital/healthcare planning and will be central to any new facilities being planned across NHS Scotland.”



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The facility has been undergoing renewed after-catalog repairs since it opened in 2015.

The series of problems include falling tiles, sewage billowing across the floor, and black mold growing on the walls.

In January 2017, blood and feces were found on patients’ carts and mattresses during an examination, and in August of that year, 10-year-old Millie Maine died in hospital after contracting an infection.

Later that month, the cladding was removed after it was found to be identical to that used on Grenfell Tower, which was destroyed by fire.

On several occasions in 2017 and 2018, panes of glass fell from the hospital building and shattered near the front entrance.

A 10-year-old boy died in December 2018 after contracting a crypto-fungal infection found in pigeon droppings. It was found to be a contributing factor to his death.

In February 2019, an investigation alleged “extensive contamination” of the water supply.

The Scottish Hospitals Inquiry is taking evidence to determine how the ventilation system and water pollution affect patient care and whether or not a number of deaths could have been prevented.

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