The Queen and Prince Philip opened a new unit for injured soldiers at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court this May, which David Bailey Furniture Systems helped refurbish with a bespoke nurses’ station.
The J-shaped nurses’ station manufactured and installed by David Bailey at the Peter Long Unit, formed part of a refurbishment contract with Lakehouse Contractors Limited, which was made possible thanks to a £5million grant from the Ministry of Defence.
After meeting with patients, Her Majesty was invited by the Commanding Officer, Group Captain Clare Walton, to officially open the newly-refurbished Peter Long Unit, named after a Headley Court consultant who died in 2001.
Having now used David Bailey’s nurses’ station for several months, Lieutenant Sarah Thompson RN, the OC of the Peter Long Unit, commented: “The design of the nurses’ station allows good use of a wide corridor enabling staff to work in a semi-private environment on notes etc. whilst still keeping an eye on people coming in to and out of the Unit. Raised parts on the desk allow for the screening of computer terminals, while a lowered part allows wheelchair users and nurses to have conversations at eye level.
“The following observations have been made:
- The computer screens can now be angled to prevent wheelchair users seeing what is on the screen when talking to staff. As such the medical-in-confidence element of our work is now assured.
- The nurses’ station is well liked; it is easy to keep clean with wipes; and a gap in the back of the desk makes it possible for a wheelchair to fit under it, which makes a real difference for staff and patient communication. As the desk is fixed to the floor there is no problem with movement when fast moving patients knock into the desk and its rounded edges help prevent injuries.
“All-round the desk is modern, professional and a hit with everyone using it.”
Trevor Gillman, Managing Director of David Bailey Furniture Systems, said: “It’s not often our fitted furniture gets a visit from the Queen! The bespoke nurses’ station we manufactured for this project was for the main reception area, so easy access and suitable storage were our main priorities, as well as achieving a high quality ‘David Bailey’ finish.”
Headley Court in Surrey is the country’s largest rehabilitation centre for soldiers injured through conflict. The Peter Long Unit was built as an in-patient care facility to help patients with neurological conditions.
23 August 2013Case study date: February 28, 2014