When we think of how to design hospitals with wellbeing in mind, patients are typically…
The reception area is usually the first place a patient will visit when entering a health care facility. So it’s key this area will leave a strong first impression while being practical for a healthy environment. We discuss 5 reasons to update a healthcare reception area.
New legislation means that service providers – especially healthcare providers – need to make adjustments to the physical features of their buildings and interiors so they’re usable for all members of the public. This may include dropped parts of a reception desk so those in wheelchairs can speak to staff and write with ease. When designing and building a new hospital, clinic, or nursing home it’s key to take accessibility issues into account and the small details can often make a big impact.
2. Infection control
Lots of people visit a reception area, creating a hub of bacteria. Using easy to clean materials such as laminate keep your reception area a healthy environment for years to come. Designing receptions with smooth joints and limited flat surfaces means that dirt can’t collect.
3. Style and design
Many healthcare furniture designers overlook the importance of style; instead choosing to focus on the practicality of furniture. Using soothing colours can help calm a patient if they feel nervous and can make waiting a less nerve-wracking experience. Using a more traditional design in a nursing home may complement other interior design features; whereas, in a new hospital, a modern design may be more appropriate.
It’s not just receptionists that use these areas; doctors and nurses also rely on reception for information. Including in-built storage such as HTM 63 and HTM 71 compliant units, makes the reception an efficient and professional place to work, supporting patients as well by keeping their information secure. It’ll also keep your design streamlined by making the reception a hub for information.
5. Space saving
If there are concerns about how much space your reception has, at David Bailey Furniture we provide services that will work with your plans. Storage solutions are available as well to support your needs when designing. We can use empty and unused space as storage or design solutions!
Updating a healthcare reception area – where to find out more
David Bailey are specialist furniture manufacturers for the healthcare sector and can provide reception desks and storage furniture to meet the exacting demands of contemporary healthcare design and comply with all relevant legislative requirements.