Access is a critical aspect of healthcare building design. Entrances and exits need to balance ease of access for patients and users of the building with the obvious need to control access and ensure safety and adequate levels of security.

Inclusive design principles should be considered in all aspects of the development of a new practice building or in the conversion or upgrading of an existing building. Wherever possible, inclusive design should promote ease of access for all users of a site, including access for the elderly and for people with physical, sensory or neurological disabilities and mobility needs.

Premises access considerations must include local planning regulations .

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