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COVID-19 Webinar: Relocate, Repurpose, Reorganize

29. Mai 2020 / 13:0015:00

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A webinar of the European Health Property Network hosted by Ramboll and walkerproject

29 May 2020, 13:00 – 15:00 CET

As the COVID-19 epidemic unfolded across the world, healthcare systems were required to make radical adjustments to their operating procedures, their models of care and their hospital capacity in many areas, including intensive, respiratory and critical care.

A short desktop review of the different tactics deployed reveals that all over the world similar patterns have emerged, ranging across: creating new hospital buildings in very short timescales, ensuring the physical separation of different cohorts of patients at entry points and in ward areas, repurposing operating theatres as ICUs, turning microbiology labs into COVID-19 testing centres, redesigning inpatient and outpatient environments, rethinking office, logistics and catering spaces to ensure social distancing for staff and patients, erecting temporary structures in car parks and adjoining land, and moving major items of equipment (e.g. oxygen tanks, ICU support, construction materials), among a myriad of fast adaptations.

As the underlying concepts and assumptions were necessarily uncertain (in the face of a new pathogen with unknown pathology) and solutions had to be found at speed, we would like to kick-start some learning by taking the opportunity to compare and contrast the different arrangements.



  • To compare and contrast the different strategies used to increase hospital capacity to diagnose and treat patients during the first wave of COVID-19 in early 2020.
  • To deepen understanding of the choices taken in terms of design, engineering, processes and planning.
  • To derive common elements and success factors of the measures taken.
  • To identify areas for further research and publication in terms of standardization of pandemic care units.


Case Studies

We are pleased to present the following case studies as a departure point for the discussions:
  • NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, Scotland
  • Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden
  • Hospital del Mar, Spain
  • Alternate Care Facility Suburban Collection Showplace, USA
  • COVID Hospital Forum Fribourg, Switzerland



  • Introduction – 10min – Jonathan Erskine, Executive director of the European Health Property Network
  • 5 case studies – 15min each – Flemming Schmidt, Global Market Director Ramboll
  • Interactive brainstorming on possible further research and publications – 15min – Micha Kämpfer, Partner walkerproject


Do you want to be a part of it? We are happy to have you on board – whether you are a member of EUHPN or not. Please fill the registration form until May 28 to receive the participation link. Participation is free of charge.



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29. Mai 2020
13:00 – 15:00
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