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Healthcare Premises

Healthcare Premises

The following guide is applicable to general fire safety in healthcare premises, primarily hospitals and treatment centres (premises where invasive and other procedures are undertaken, placing a reliance on staff for evacuation). This excludes small medical practitioner and dental practice premises only if treatments are unlikely to affect the ability of patients to respond to an alarm of fire. (For further information on these types of premises refer to the non-residential premises guide).

Substantial technical and management guidance exists for fire safety in NHS healthcare premises in Scotland. This guide acknowledges the breadth of the existing guidance - most notably the suite of documents known as 'NHSScotland Firecode' issued by Health Facilities Scotland - and the range of fire safety issues in healthcare premises. Accordingly, this guide covers general guidance and principles and seeks to be complementary to the NHSScotland Firecode guidance and references Scottish Health Technical Memoranda (SHTM) and Scottish Fire Practice Notes (SFPN) where appropriate. In this respect, NHSScotland Firecode guidance is considered relevant to non-NHS healthcare premises. This guidance can be accessed at Health Facilities Scotland.

The guide is available in PDF format by clicking on the link below: