How to organise construction work for the health service?
How should buildings and property be used to secure more efficient health services? This question is the basis of a study for the CEOs of the four Regional Health Authorities in Norway.
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The specialist health services are, collectively, the biggest real estate player in Norway (4, 8 million square metres). The CEOs have agreed that national coordination is a necessity to efficiently manage these property resources. This is essential for patients, employees and society as a whole, according to the CEOs.
|The St. Olav development is conducted by Helsebygg Midt-Norge - The Hospital Development Project for Central Norway - with high quality, on time, without fatal work accidents - and one billion under budget! ||
A committee has been organised to propose coordinated solutions for the properties. The committee is chaired by Steinar Frydenlund, building and property director at South-eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.
A lot of the work will be based on findings from earlier researches, in particular the R&D study “Building and property as strategic tools for efficient health services.”
This study was supported by The Research Council of Norway and conducted from 2006 to 2010. The participants included, amongst others, Multiconsult, Sintef Health Research, the Regional Health Authorities and several hospitals.
One of the main findings was that building and property related activities should be centralised nationally, to secure sufficient backing and quality in future construction and development of property.
A national organisation, similar to the Hospital Development Project for Central Norway (Helsebygg Midt-Norge), is also recommended to increase the efficiency of property management and use existing competence and capacity in a best possible way, according to the study.
Several Norwegian hospital buildings are characterized by poor maintenance. Calculations show that investments of more than 25 billion NOK are required to reach a good standard for these buildings.