When we think of how to design hospitals with wellbeing in mind, patients are typically…
Hospital visits are something that a high percentage of people fear. A common phobia, nosocomephobia, or fear of hospitals, is an extreme and potentially life-threatening fear which can often result in patients not getting the treatment they need. At David Bailey Furniture Systems, patients are our priority. So how can we ensure patients have a better experience during this already stressful time?
Patients with a fear of hospitals
How about hospitals that feel as comfortable as hotels? This is an innovation currently sweeping the USA but, as a leading British furniture manufacturer for healthcare, we are ahead of the game on this trend. We have a great selection of contemporary styles to help ease the worries of hospital visitors and create a more comfortable atmosphere. Our furniture can have a positive impact on fearful patients as they feel more at ease surrounded by calming furniture.
Our hospital furniture is also available in a wide variety of colours and designs. This is another factor that can help to ease patients with this phobia; attacks are often triggered by furniture associated with hospitals such as white, clinical looking interiors.
Patients with a fear of bacteria
Of course, all of our fitted hospital furniture is HTM 63 and HTM 71 compliant. We ensure we adhere to these rigorous standards and that our healthcare furniture is non-porous, stain resistant and seamless.
This is a vital element when supporting nosocomephobia sufferers as their anxiety over the spread of infections and bacteria can be calmed. A core aspect of any phobia is the ‘what if’ factor, and removing this from the equation can go a long way in making patients feel more comfortable.
Our fitted furniture combines all of these elements to ensure patients feel as comfortable as possible.
Other factors aside from hospital furniture that should be taken into consideration are ensuring that patients aren’t segregated from their loved ones, providing comfortable gowns that limit feelings of unease, and having trained staff on hand that can provide support to anybody suffering with this phobia.
Healthcare and hospital furniture
If you’d like to discuss a healthcare or hospital furniture project, please get in touch.
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of fitted furniture for hospitals and healthcare facilities, we can design, manufacture and install furniture to meet your individual project requirements. Our Healthcare furniture range is specified for all types of hospital refurbishment and new development projects, from NHS Trust premises to private hospitals. All our furniture is manufactured at our factory in Broadstairs, Kent, here in the UK. Find out more about our range of HTM 63 and HTM 71 compliant healthcare furniture.