04 May Using Abu Dhabi Healthcare Facility Design Standards in HFBS
DOH – The Department of Health Abu Dhabi, which regulates the health care sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, provides “Healthcare Facility Design Standards” for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. These DOH Health Facility Guidelines or DOH HFG’s are available for viewing online at: https://stem.haad.ae/HealthFacilityGuidelines/.
Please Note: In 2018 HAAD changed its name to DOH – the Abu Dhabi Health Facility Guidelines as mentioned in this article still apply and continue to be available via HFBS.
HFBS makes it easy to use the Abu Dhabi Health Facility Guidelines or “Healthcare Facility Design Standards” in a health facility project. The HFBS UAE Health Facility Guidelines project is compliant with the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Facility Design Standards. The drag and drop interface of the HFBS Briefing Module allows health facility designers to load the guidelines and quickly create a health facility brief that complies with the Health Facility Design Standards by dragging in standard components, rooms, or entire departments into the brief.
In this article we will look into how to access relevant health facility guidelines for creating a standards compliant health facility brief using the HFBS UAE Domain and the HFBS Briefing Module.
Get started with the Abu Dhabi Health Facility Design Standards in HFBS:
STEP 1. Create an account on HFBS at: https://hfbs.healthdesign.com.au/app/index.html, and select “UAE Domain”
STEP 2. Login to HFBS, select the UAE Domain and create a new project
STEP 3. Load the UAE Domain iHFG Standard Project for International Use (right top)
STEP 4. Drag rooms or departments from the loaded standard project on the right into your project on the left, rapidly build your brief using the standards compliant project and then edit or customise the brief in your current project.
STEP 5. Complete your project in HFBS, print a range of reports from your project including room data sheets, room layout sheets, and more.
More information on the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Facility Design Standards can be found at https://stem.haad.ae/HealthFacilityGuidelines/. The standards provide in-depth information and ready-to-use standard components for the briefing and design of healthcare facilities at no cost.
The DOH Health Facility Guidelines are set out under 5 parts as follows:
- Part A- Administrative Provisions; outlines the licensing process for healthcare facilities and the prequalification process for design consultants
- Part B- Health Facility Briefing and Planning; includes architectural and healthcare facility planning Standards
- Part C- Access, Mobility, OH&S; includes the over-riding requirements for access, mobility, OHS and security
- Part D- Infection Control; incorporates the requirements for infection prevention and control
- Part E- Engineering; focuses on the engineering systems and environmental settings such as Temperature range, humidity control, etc…
- Part F- Feasibility Planning and Costing Guidelines; is a framework for the healthcare industry to consider and a methodology to be followed for all applications for licensing lodged with DOH
The standards will be used for the evaluation of applications for Healthcare Facility Licensing as well as Inspections. Some pre-existing International Standards have been referenced in these standards, however, the specific and unique requirements over-ride any other standards.
The standards have been prepared by a team of specialists, drawing on their experience in creating such standards as well as information from around the world with specific customisation for the UAE. These are amongst the most detailed and comprehensive standards of their kind in the world.
The DOH health facility standards are available through the DOH website https://stem.haad.ae/HealthFacilityGuidelines/. The standards are periodically reviewed and updated to respond to new operational models of healthcare, technology and public expectation. The DOH
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