Just musing aloud. Some of us will recall the Nightingale wards in hospitals. Nowadays the in-patient experience is ergonomically driven, as much for our comfort as for nurses and doctors and domestic staff, Or should that be "convenience", and for whom? Is the patient encounter with illness of a safer and healthier experience than it used to be? More cosy and with hotel standards of care?
You may see where I am going with this train of thought. So many differences from then and now, but in what ways and for what ends? Is modernity working in health care or not? I think about human error and instructions somehow going adrift. I can give a number of examples of how the brave new world has not materialised in the bigger and labyrinthine hospitals of today. Bur perhaps that is my personal dystopia of a jaded and antagonistic encounter of the NHS.
I do not mean to be someone who hankers back to an idealised world which never existed in reality, Hospitals are worrying places for many of us and can't be wished away, like nightmares quickly forgotten. So maybe design is not the answer. Perhaps the human beings who are part of that hospital experience are flawed, like many of us patients.