How healthcare design is more than just aesthetics?
The last panel brought to the limelight the designs in the healthcare sector. There's a sudden shift in the design industry towards the healthcare sector now. Leading firms are coming forward and delivering quality designs that enhance the guest and patient experience. This panel discussion was moderated by Curtis Laitinen, associate director, healthcare at AECOM Middle East and featured industry experts— Joseph Charles, founder and managing director at Pinnacle Interiors; Stas Louca, managing director and co-founder of H+A; Carla Conte, founder and creative director at Brand Creative; and Clive Robertson, construction project director at Stantec.
Laitinen started off: “Nowadays, the focus is on the patient’s wellness. Various statistics show that a patient facing a pleasant view than a wall made of bricks recovers faster. A healthcare facility should aim at reducing stress so that the patient can put his energies into something better.” Charles urged how smart technology is used in the healthcare sector: “Smart clinic is a new culture— they are kiosks located at public spaces like malls. These clinics have main equipments with one nurse and one technician. The nurse would take the vitals and send them to the doctor. The doctor would then assist the patient after examining his/her reports online and making a video call. We can call it healthcare in retail with maximum convenience. The first of such concept would be launched next month in Dubai.”
Conte and her team have recently completed the design for multiple areas for Al Jalila Children’s Hospital in Dubai, including the atrium, teen waiting lounge, corridors, doctors office, and staffroom. She
shared her experiences: "For the Al Jalila Children’s Hospital project, the brief included to liven the space and make it less clinical and a more positive environment for patients and staff. As a designer, we should create a space that doesn’t remind patients that they’re sick.”
Louca talked about the relevance of evidencebased design (EBD) in the healthcare sector. EBD is defined as the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. He said: "We are doing our planning based on the EBD to produce the best possible patient, staff, and operational outcomes in a healthcare facility. A patient heals faster when he is in a better environment.”
Robertson emphasised: “For a paediatric department, getting graphic designers to create surroundings that make children comfortable, isn’t that expensive. Art can be a positive distraction and inspirational for the patients. In the European countries, regardless of whether the hospital is a five-star facility or a normal hospital, a budget is allocated for art. The same needs to be done in this region as well.”
HEALTHY DISCUSSION: (L-R) Curtis Laitinen, Joseph Charles, Stas Louca, Carla Conte, and Clive Robertson
Art can be a positive distraction and inspirational for the patients.
A healthcare facility should aim at reducing stress.
We should create a space that doesn’t remind patients that they’re sick.
A patient heals faster when he is in a better environment.
Smart clinic is a new culture.