Healthcare Design

Healthcare design for architects, consulting engineers and hospital managers. Includes hospitals, clinics, mortuaries and laboratory information.

keyboard_arrow_upSpecifying vinyl flooring: 2 key considerations
keyboard_arrow_downSpecifying vinyl flooring: 2 key considerations

Vinyl flooring is a popular choice of floor covering for hospitals, schools and universities amongst others. Given that these environments require a flooring system that is durable and will last for an extended period, the old adage of getting it right the first time is especially pertinent. That is why careful attention must be paid […]

keyboard_arrow_upDelivering healthcare architecture that is right for Africa
keyboard_arrow_downDelivering healthcare architecture that is right for Africa

Laura Swanepoel, Head of Healthcare, Building Services, WSP in Africa shares her views on design principles that are making waves globally, and what these mean for future-ready healthcare in Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upDrywall installation augments hospital fit-out
keyboard_arrow_downDrywall installation augments hospital fit-out

Saint-Gobain Gyproc was contracted to stipulate product and fit-out specifications for the interior construction of the recently relocated Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.

keyboard_arrow_upChoose EDT Eurodrain-KESSEL for hospital drainage solutions
keyboard_arrow_downChoose EDT Eurodrain-KESSEL for hospital drainage solutions

Safe and reliable draining from the basement to the roof. Powerful lifting stations take over the complete basement drainage in rooms below the backwater level, and pump wastewater from showers, toilets, washing machines or separators into the elevated public sewage system.

keyboard_arrow_upLafarge solutions for healthcare sector infrastructure
keyboard_arrow_downLafarge solutions for healthcare sector infrastructure

Strongly focused on addressing the needs of its customers, Lafarge South Africa, a member of the international LafargeHolcim group, a world leader in building materials, has a well-established reputation for providing the local construction industry with innovative products, solutions and services.

keyboard_arrow_upCummins launches simulator to demonstrate complete power systems
keyboard_arrow_downCummins launches simulator to demonstrate complete power systems

Cummins Power Generation has officially launched a new simulator at the Cummins Training Centre in Kelvin, Johannesburg to demonstrate its entire product line-up as an integrated solutions approach, from genset controls to annunciators, remote monitoring, Digital Master Control (DMC), and transfer switches.

keyboard_arrow_upIncorporating green principles contributed to cost efficiencies at Cape Town Hospital
keyboard_arrow_downIncorporating green principles contributed to cost efficiencies at Cape Town Hospital

A range of green technologies made the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital a model facility for sustainable hospital operations management. A special double-skin façade and electricity-generating elevators are but some of the solutions implemented that not only make for best environmentally sensitive practice but will also contribute to cost efficiencies. According to Dr Richard Friedland, […]

keyboard_arrow_upHealing and environmental principles entrenched in Netcare Pinehaven Hospital
keyboard_arrow_downHealing and environmental principles entrenched in Netcare Pinehaven Hospital

The design principles of Netcare’s Pinehaven Hospital, on Johannesburg’s West Rand, integrate patient comfort and sustainability to promote healthcare outcomes while reducing the environmental footprint of this 100-bed state-of-the-art facility. “When Netcare Pinehaven Hospital was in the planning stages, we opted to incorporate elements that would not only create an ideal healing environment for patients, […]

keyboard_arrow_upPlanning for infection control
keyboard_arrow_downPlanning for infection control

Patient Safety has always been a priority for Mediclinic and complying with Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) principles is a constant consideration when new buildings are designed. With the emergence of multi-drug, extreme-drug and pan resistant organisms, the so-called ‘Superbugs’, the healthcare industry has become even more conscious of the need to continuously monitor and […]

keyboard_arrow_upDesign for healthcare – a specialised practice
keyboard_arrow_downDesign for healthcare – a specialised practice

The winning recipe for designing successfully when it comes to healthcare facilities is 10 parts knowledgeable experience, to 5 parts making the correct product choice together with a dash of creativity. Italtile is proud to have specified various healthcare facilities that include Nelson Mandela Hospital, Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Arwyp Hospital, as well as the […]

keyboard_arrow_upWaiting area seating
keyboard_arrow_downWaiting area seating

The Versa is a 100% South African designed and manufactured product specifically for use in hospitals, clinics and public waiting areas. The materials used in manufacture are robust and easily cleaned, making this seating range a long term, hygienic and elegant choice. Manufactured from epoxy powder coated mild steel or 304 Stainless steel and available […]

keyboard_arrow_upFour useful specification tips for improved hospitals
keyboard_arrow_downFour useful specification tips for improved hospitals

Hospitals are widely regarded as a complex building type, and, consequently hospital design and engineering is a specialised endeavour. This is important to be aware of, because, provision of good infrastructure in the context of healthcare service delivery can literally be a matter of life and death. For example, if the hospital power supply is […]

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialist healthcare products from ASSA ABLOY
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialist healthcare products from ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY Healthcare products incorporate access control, asset and key management solutions, door furniture, locking systems, as well as special needs door access products.

keyboard_arrow_upHospitals discover the benefits of installing antimicrobial copper components
keyboard_arrow_downHospitals discover the benefits of installing antimicrobial copper components

Frequently touched surfaces enable the spread of infectious pathogens throughout healthcare facilities which contributes to the acquisition of hospital acquired infections.  To combat bioburden, hand washing and routine disinfection of surfaces are the first line of defense.  However, these conventional tools fall short because they are intermittent and depend on human behavior.  On average, healthcare […]

keyboard_arrow_upNoise affects hospital care
keyboard_arrow_downNoise affects hospital care

Sleep well and heal faster Sleep is fundamental to human health in general, and critical to patient recovery. The World Health Organization (WHO) stipulates that for a good night’s sleep, continuous background noise should not exceed 30 decibels, and individual noise events exceeding 45 decibels should be avoided.

keyboard_arrow_upWhy architects and designers need to know about antimicrobial copper
keyboard_arrow_downWhy architects and designers need to know about antimicrobial copper

It’s a new way of thinking, a different mindset: specifying an effective antimicrobial material for hygiene-sensitive environments to help break the chain of infection and curb the spread of disease. Antimicrobial Copper with its copper alloys, including brasses, offers proven efficacy against the organisms threatening public health today, including so-called hospital superbugs, like MRSA, norovirus […]

keyboard_arrow_upNoise affects staff and patients
keyboard_arrow_downNoise affects staff and patients

Noise reduces performance There is a significant difference when performing a complex task in a quiet or noisy environment. In a noisy environment the performance is approximately 50% less accurate. Consider how this may affect work in healthcare facilities, in emergency departments and in operating rooms, where the average sound level often exceeds 70 decibels.

keyboard_arrow_upSpecialists in healthcare requirements for safety and security
keyboard_arrow_downSpecialists in healthcare requirements for safety and security

Healthcare hospitals and medical facilities are among the most challenging design and building projects, and they are increasingly moving away from focusing on illness and cure to wellness and the care of people.

keyboard_arrow_upTAL supplied key components to flagship Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital project
keyboard_arrow_downTAL supplied key components to flagship Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital project

TAL supplied flooring underlayment materials for the Christian Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town’s Foreshore. The materials included; TAL VaporStop HB vapour barrier and TAL Screedmaster, to combat high moisture levels within the concrete slabs and to ensure the prepared floors were smooth and level; a requirement for the installation of the Polyflor Vinyl Sheeting. […]

keyboard_arrow_upDesign of hospital drainage
keyboard_arrow_downDesign of hospital drainage

The design of hospitals is under the control of the Department of Health and as per their document R158. This document is unfortunately not complete and does not address the water and drainage systems of hospitals, it only states that it must be “certified by an “appropriately qualified engineer”. It also notes that the design […]

keyboard_arrow_upEnvironmentally sustainable healthcare facilities
keyboard_arrow_downEnvironmentally sustainable healthcare facilities

In 2013, Netcare embarked on developing a comprehensive environmental sustainability strategy for implementation throughout the Group’s hospital, primary care, renal dialysis and emergency medical services operations. In addition to upgrading existing hospitals, environmentally sustainable principles are integral to the design of all new Netcare facilities. By adopting best practices Netcare is focusing on ensuring the […]

keyboard_arrow_upMac-Care – a new state-of-the-art medical sanitary ware range
keyboard_arrow_downMac-Care – a new state-of-the-art medical sanitary ware range

SA-based manufacturing and distribution company Mac Brothers is a leading producer of high quality catering equipment, through its state of the art production plant, recently having invested R30m in additional machinery, to now boast the latest Salvagnini P4 panel bender, duel Fibre Laser Cutters and several other sheet-metal manufacturing & general assembly machines.

keyboard_arrow_upInnovation limits bacterial growth
keyboard_arrow_downInnovation limits bacterial growth

TAL has introduced its water-based epoxy grout, an innovative product that offers excellent chemical, acid and stain resistant properties. “This is the first water-based system in the local market. It has been formulated specifically for ease of application and clean-up,” says Gela Ohl, marketing manager for TAL.

keyboard_arrow_upTAL plays central role in tile installation at new Krugersdorp hospital
keyboard_arrow_downTAL plays central role in tile installation at new Krugersdorp hospital

The 100-bed Netcare Pinehaven Hospital in Krugersdorp features about 10 000 m2 of precision tiling installed successfully using tile adhesives manufactured and supplied by TAL.

keyboard_arrow_upPolyflor partners with Carte Blanche to make a difference at Sebokeng hospital
keyboard_arrow_downPolyflor partners with Carte Blanche to make a difference at Sebokeng hospital

The new-look Infant High Care Unit at Sebokeng Hospital Polyflor SA was once again in the privileged position to assist Carte Blanche with their “Making a Difference” campaign by donating a 780 m2 vinyl floor for use in the creation of an Infant High Care Ward at the Sebokeng Hospital.

keyboard_arrow_upEcho slabs used for Stanger Hospital extension
keyboard_arrow_downEcho slabs used for Stanger Hospital extension

Echo Durban’s prestressed slabs were integral to the fast-track and interference-free extension of a Stanger Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Echo Durban’s prestressed hollow-core slabs have been used for the construction of one of two additional storeys, each measuring 1 230m2, at StangerHospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

keyboard_arrow_upWide range of a.b.e. products for new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
keyboard_arrow_downWide range of a.b.e. products for new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is supplying a wide variety of products for the construction of the new Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital, now under construction by Group Five in Parktown, Johannesburg.

keyboard_arrow_upThe Elemental advantage at Netcare
keyboard_arrow_downThe Elemental advantage at Netcare

The recently opened Pinehaven Hospital in Krugersdorp is one of the first projects to feature the all new “Elemental” glued down luxury vinyl flooring from Traviata Flooring.

keyboard_arrow_upTerraforce combines construction with the healing process
keyboard_arrow_downTerraforce combines construction with the healing process

The Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, an initiative of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, is not only dedicated entirely to children but was also designed by combining innovative aspects of design and construction with the healing process in mind. 

keyboard_arrow_upREHAU uPVC windows and French doors installed in maternity ward
keyboard_arrow_downREHAU uPVC windows and French doors installed in maternity ward

REHAU Authorised Partner, Moonstar, recently installed double glazed REHAU UPVC windows and French doors in the new maternity ward at the Lakeview Hospital, Benoni, Gauteng.