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Out-patients department

Health Building Note 12

NHS Estates, 2004
Out-patients department

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Health Building Note


Addresses the planning and design of outpatient accommodation. The guidance is principally for use in connection with departments that are attached to, or form part of, an acute hospital or treatment centre, although the advice will be equally relevant to facilities provided elsewhere. This guidance is primarily intended for project and design teams, estates directors and their staff and PFI consortia. It contains guidance on the planning and design of an OPD providing accommodation suitable for a variety of clinical uses.


Supersedes the 1990 edition. Read with HBN 12-01 supplement A: Consulting, examination and treatment facilities - supplement A: sexual and reproductive health clinics (2007).




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NHS Estates are responsible for strategic development of a flexible and responsive environment for health and social care. Their publications include Health Technical Memorandums, Health Building Notes, design guides, circulars and Health Facilities Notes.



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