A new single-bed ‘Concept Ward’ has been unveiled which will showcase some of the most- forward-thinking healthcare technologies and innovations in an effort to foster greater industry collaboration in future hospital design.
The launch is the latest development in Static Systems Group's Design & Innovation Centre based at its head office near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, which opened exactly two years ago with a four-bed bay repeatable room design at its core.
Spokesman, Phil Wade, said: “The new Concept Ward progresses ward design to the next level. It is visionary, and aims to demonstrate future healthcare technology and innovation. The ward complements the original four-bed ward, which will continue to play an important role in standard ward design.”
It’s about working together
As with the four-bed ward; the development of the Concept Ward has been backed by support, investment and the provision of technology from leading suppliers including Tarkett Flooring, Ideal Standard UK, Rockfon, Thorlux Lighting, Akzo Nobel and KwickScreen.
Wade said: “Our vision is for a facility that can be used by the wider industry to test, trial and develop innovative solutions and conceptual ideas.
“We want to encourage closer collaboration among equipment suppliers and specialists, nursing management teams, patient representatives, healthcare planners, design groups, constructors and other interested parties to enable the ongoing provision and delivery of world-class buildings and facilities and to help improve healthcare outcomes for all”.
Pete Sellars, president of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering & Estate Management, and former head of profession for NHS estates and facilities policy at the Department of Health, added that “Static Systems’ Concept Ward is a great example of the benefits to be gained from closer industry engagement across the healthcare industry.
By actively seeking to engage with professionals involved in the future design and build of hospital wards; this approach will encourage much-broader thinking and innovation leading to the development of solutions that meet the needs of patients and nursing management teams".