Sri Lankan Public Hospital Space Utilization: Where to Next

Hansini Fernando


The study is focused on the critical wards of Sri Lankan public healthcare facilities and the optimum space utilization dilemma. Sri Lanka being a developing country with the rising number of the population the infrastructure of public healthcare has become inadequate. Yet, due to the funding restrictions, the developments of healthcare facilities are unsettled. While being in such an environment this study conducts a space audit in a selected hospital in a selected ward to identify the possibilities of making the optimized usage of the available space in comparison to the ideal space allocation. It is also noticeable that perceptions of nurses and doctors regarding this dilemma is negative while not being able to perform their routine tasks to deliver a quality service throughout the patient’s stay. The necessity of the hospital space utilization and resource planning is bustling in current context hence, this study will bring to light the demand for better healthcare facilities while understanding the infrastructural endeavor.


Space Utilization; Public Hospitals; Sri Lankan healthcare; Space Audit

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