A hospital fitout is a complex process that begins with planning around brand needs, regulatory compliance and the well-being of patients and staff.
There are many elements to consider, but the design proposal, environmental concerns and patient flows are three things that designers need to look at closely when planning a hospital fitout.
1. Design proposal
When it comes to fitout proposals, the scope will include an investigation of the company profile, design services, design team, work showcase, project summary and a quote.
In the interior design proposal, these additional elements need to be taken into consideration are:
- Compliance: Is the facility compliant with Australian Healthcare guidelines?
- Ergonomics: Does the interior design complement flow and functionality?
- Brand: Is the design in line with the aesthetic of the brand; for example, does it reflect a high-tech image or does it seem to be an inviting place for children?
The hospital design proposal must be agreed on and budgeted for before the fitout can commence. It will include the materials and finishing used when creating administrative offices and catering spaces as well as wards and surgeries.
2. Environmental design
Lighting and access for the physically impaired are important elements of environmental design. Daylight can reach wards through windows, but even distribution of light is difficult to achieve in the core of the building. Skylights can be used to bring daylight into inner spaces.
It’s unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability, so all areas of the environment need to be accessible. At least one drinking facility, toilet (unisex) and handwashing facility should be available on each floor for use by physically-impaired patients, staff and visitors.
3. Patient flows
A hospital fitout should allow patients and members of the public to move through the building, without disrupting the work of clinical and administrative staff.
For example, there should be a dedicated lift for administrative services including delivery of goods and removal of waste and dirty linen. When moving patients between wards, there should be access corridors that are not open to the public.
The need to provide two separate channels around the space, one for patients and staff and one for visitors maintains hygiene and make it easier for staff to move around the building as needed.
If your hospital needs a fitout that supports patient flow, access and hygiene, as well as brand compliance, contact Formula Interiors.