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Medicines storage in clinical areas

Health Building Note 14-02

Medicines storage in clinical areas

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Core Supplement


Health Building Note


Supplies best practice guidance relating to storage facilities for medicines in clinical areas.


First published as a stand-alone chapter in HBN 00-01 in 2012. HBN 00-01 was revised in 2014 and at this point the chapter relating to medicines storage was removed to become an HBN in its own right. Publications approval reference: PAR38. Also applies in Wales.


Publisher History

NHS England and NHS Improvement have worked together since 1 April 2019 forming a single organisation supporting the NHS in delivering improved patient care. Estate technical guidance produced includes Health Technical Memoranda and Health Building Notes.



NBS has produced specification systems and information products for construction industry professionals for more than 40 years. The National Building Specification is the recognised UK national standard and is used by over 5,000 organisations. NBS is part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd.

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