Supported by Grosvenor Interiors and the dialysis unit ward staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Static Systems’ Vistr Headwall® Vertical Medical Supply Unit has reached the final stages of the ‘Design Innovation for Quality Improvement’ category in the 2021 European Healthcare Design Awards. The category celebrates innovation in medical or digital technology or product design that has had a transformational impact on the design of healthcare services and/or the patient environment, improving the quality, sustainability, accessibility and experience of care.
Jennifer Terry, Marketing Manager at Static Systems Group (SSG), comments: “We were thrilled to hear that our Vistr Headwall® solution had been shortlisted as one of just four finalists in the prestigious European Healthcare Design Awards; particularly as the funding for the project was provided through a bequest to the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) and our product had been instrumental in allowing the benefactor’s wishes to be met.”
A lady called Marcia Cunningham, whose friend had worked on the ward, asked that her gift be used to provide a bright, uplifting, nature-inspired transformation of the department that would bring the outside in and help to improve patient well-being – with artwork added to distract from what was a very clinical space. However, on a practical level, the ward’s beds were positioned very closely together and the wall space within the bed-bays was crowded with essential equipment, making it impractical to fit graphics between the beds to the extent required to fulfil the brief.
On learning from Grosvenor – who were the interior designers on the project – what the vision was for the department, and that there were issues regarding lack of space, SSG recommended Vistr Headwall for the scheme; suggesting that the trunking product be used as the picture-frame. The suggestion was approved and subsequently Grosvenor incorporated Vistr into the overall design for the ward.
The feedback from staff and patients has been excellent, with staff commenting on how much they and the patients have appreciated and enjoyed the relaxing spaces since opening.
SSG designed Vistr Headwall® in response to increasing recognition of the need for hospital interiors to provide a restorative environment for patients and their families. The unit features a decorative graphic fascia that truly enhances a patient’s surroundings and can be specified by the architect or interior design specialist to complement ward décor. All essential patient bedhead services, including nurse call, electrical sockets and lighting are hidden from direct sight of patients and visitors, however, there is also an option to incorporate medical gases, staff indicator screens, lighting units and other services on the headwall fascia.
SSG’s design approach for Vistr Headwall was focused on providing an innovative, yet practical solution which meets the needs of both clinical staff and patients. For staff, it provides quick and easy access to all the essential patient bedhead services and its lighting quickly guides staff to the appropriate bedside in the event of a patient call or cardiac alarm, assisting with staff workflow. And for patients, in addition to the aesthetic benefits on a patient’s surrounding environment, it incorporates features that directly enhance patient safety, such as the PIR-controlled lighting that automatically illuminates as the patient leaves their bed during times of low light.
Live webinar presentations and judging of all the shortlisted categories will take place between 18 and 24 May. The shortlist and winner of each award are determined by a category chair, supported by two other judges with proven expertise in their field. This robust evaluation methodology ensures a balanced and transparent decision-making process. The winner of the Design Innovation for Quality Improvement category will be announced at the EHD2021 Awards Ceremony on Thursday 17th June.
This article was written by Medilink Midlands Member, Static Systems Ltd.