Redlynch Ward improvements
'Oh my goodness, it's amazing', came the comment from the first two patients to be admitted to Beaches bay on the newly refurbished Redlynch Ward.The complete redesign of the ward includes areas for relaxing during the day, and for dining away from the bed space, as well as bathrooms with special equipment to help promote independence and a quiet room.
ArtCare's Lesley Meaker said, 'The new lighting, ceiling tiles and artworks provide visual stimulation for patients and are designed to trigger memories, for example, the vintage radio wall panel. The new surroundings have created a calm and relaxing ward for patients with dementia and all the elements of the design, from the colour scheme to new furniture and signage, help with their care, wellbeing and orientation while in hospital.'
Making Maternity Memorable
Thanks to a Department of Health Grant, parents-to-be and their new arrivals are now benefitting from a refurbished Labour ward, which is calm, soothing and clutter free.
ArtCare’s Penny Robbins designed the new look based on feedback from staff and parents. She explained how the elements of her design came together, "We chose interior finishes which are warm, stylish and much less clinical looking. Colour changing LEDs in the delivery rooms that parents can control has enabled them to personalise the birth experience. New bedside lockers and overbed tables look sleek and are easily cleaned and we chose furniture that is comfortable, and durable, but still attractive."
"We fitted Altro Aquarius flooring in the rooms, which is safe for both mothers with bare feet and staff wearing shoes. Blinds were replaced with bespoke designed window film that created a sense of space, as well as being attractive and affording privacy. Finally, printed ceiling tiles, carefully chosen artworks and complementary signage, all inspired by nature, added colour and points of focus in the overall design. Parents-to-be now arrive on a ward environment, which soothes, relaxes and supports the delivery process, allowing them to focus fully on their new arrival."
20 Jun - 25 Jul 2014
Robust Healthcare Design
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