The overall design of the wet rooms was ultra-minimalistic to increase safety and hygiene. Infection control was supported by contactless specialist sanitary ware operated by light sensors. Showers encompassed detachable ‘bayonet style’ hoses so carers could connect only when required – ensuring the anti-ligature environment was not compromised.
The advanced G360 facilities, with uninterrupted access, were designed to provide spacious and flexible showering for wheelchair users – benefiting inpatients and moving and handling practices for care staff. The ability to work ergonomically now significantly reduces the risk of musculoskeletal injury such as back strain.
Zoe continues: “The newly installed showers with detachable hoses are excellent for washing wheelchair and vulnerable patients without having to be removed from a chair or commode. Sensor operation of equipment eliminates touch points for better hygiene and the walls deliver a professional finish. Grab handles for assistance in mobility have been considerately positioned and an anti-slip floor ensures safety is utmost for all.
“The showers, with detachable hoses, allow for the whole patient to be sprayed whilst avoiding uncomfortable handling for those of limited ability. The toilet had to be visible for patients with visual impairment so a blue seat was installed for easy location. The sink was designed to remove any ligature risk and to run only when required – hence reducing the water output.”
The design specialism of these G360 wet rooms extends to flooring, walling and ventilation. Gainsborough installed quality Altro flooring with caped coving to provide a durable, slip resistant surface that allows thorough cleaning right to the edge. This is critical so that microbes cannot harbour in crevasses which can lead to infection control issues. These robust surfaces are HACCP Approved and operate effectively even at 60ºOC, again reducing the risk of degradation and the possibility of microbe build-up.