Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
As part of the Capital Programme of Works at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the hospital of the same name introduced two new and vital areas of support to the hospital’s services, creating new environments for patients receiving care.
The development of the Winterton Unit, which specialises in Radiotherapy care, offered the opportunity for the hospital to readdress the patient environment and tailor make it to suit the needs of those attending the hospital. It is an extension to the Colney Centre, which offers care for patients being treated under the Oncology and Haematology services.
When creating the layout and design for the space, the brief was to make sure it had a modern feel and incorporate nature. This was achieved through the colour choices, style of seating and also the size of the windows which let huge amounts of light in.
The seating is the main feature of the space, hugging the walls and leading into the centre of the room. It is used daily with regular patients so the seats have to be comfortable, attractive and meet the specific needs within the NHS, such as high performance, cleanability and maintenance.
Our Halcyon Collection was selected for the seating due to its high performance features and the colourful range of fabrics meant the appropriate selections could be made.
Emma Jarvis, Hospital Arts Coordinator, commented: “The colour choices of the fabrics are paramount. The furniture is one of the largest ‘visual fields of colour’ within the waiting area. The choice of colour forms one of our first and most significant aspects of the design.”
This inspiring 1950s memory room can be found on the Holt Ward, with a completely bespoke design. Dedicated to Older Persons Medicines, the Holt Ward is one of five wards which specialises in the care of Older Persons attending the hospital and the memory room was created to provide an environment which feels like home and gives the feeling and a real sense of time and memory.
Despite the homely living room feel, the seating has to be both comfortable and functional. Careful consideration was given to the type of seating, allowing patients to use the arms to sit down and get us with ease, as well as the fabric complementing the style and purpose of the chairs.
Our Vita range is used on the chairs for its vinyl durability, cleanability and colour selection. The colour of the fabric on the seating contributes to the overall feel of the room, as well as thinking about how the colour interacts with the furniture and complements the design.
This completely fresh design and take on hospital day rooms has been so successful that three other day rooms are being developed to continue the creation of emotive and restful areas for patients.
Emma commented on the overall project with Camira: “I tend to specify Camira as the healthcare collections are ideal for the spaces I design and develop. I like to promote that Camira manufactures in England and considers the processes to the environment in its fabric development.
“Camira is an incredibly helpful company which offers advice, expertise and high quality products,” Emma continued.