Design for Patient Dignity prototypes unveiled

The Design Council has unveiled prototypes of innovative hospital toilets, beds, wheelchairs and gowns, created for its Design for Patient Dignity scheme.

Health Minister Ann Keen launched the designs this morning, describing them as groundbreaking and transformative. The Department of Health hopes to introduce the designs to hospitals next year.

Ben de Lisi’s patient gown is designed to keep the wearer’s body covered front and back, and is warmer than the current gowns.

Azhar Architecture and Slider Studio’s capsule washroom could help wards to be rapidly refitted to create single-sex toilet and washing facilities.

Avanti Architects also created pod washrooms, but in response to the brief to design ward layouts that can be retro-fitted to deliver same-sex accommodation. Avanti suggests stacking its pods on top of each other against the outside of the building.

Pearson Lloyd’s hybrid chair/wheelchair responds to a brief to provide greater physical and emotional security for patients being moved around the hospital.

A moveable screen system designed by Together Creative Collaboration and Anthony Dickens Studio can be used to separate male and female patients on wards.

Billings Jackson Design and Nightingale Associates’ modular bed-pod aims to creates a private, patient-controlled bed environment.

The Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre is also responding to the briefs with its own designs.

The prototypes will be showcased at the Innovation Expo at the Excel Centre in London on 6-7 October.

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