Children supported by inclusive new washroom at Royal Preston Hospital

Armitage Shanks installs new beach-themed washroom for young people

The new washroom in the paediatrics ward at Preston Royal Infirmary has been designed around a sunny beach theme

Armitage Shanks has worked in partnership with Royal Preston Hospital to create an inclusive and welcoming new children’s washroom for the paediatrics ward.

The new washroom has been designed around a sunny beach theme to put the children being cared for, as well as those around them, at ease.

Armitage Shanks was chosen to supply the solutions due to its a long track record of working with the Department of Health to develop products for specialist washroom areas.

This particular project involved the refurbishment of the children’s washroom and included the installation of grabrails, back supports, and a hoist to help accommodate for young patients with physical limitations.

Back-to-wall, supportive toilets were also chosen, which include an antimicrobial glaze to reduce the risk of infection.

The installation of the supportive healthcare solutions has created a space which minimises the chances of patients slipping and falling.

The products also ensure the washroom is wheelchair accessible and safe for even the most-vulnerable patients.

The inclusive new washroom features grabrails, back supports and a hoist to accommodate children with physical limitations

The renovation project took place inside a working hospital, which meant that keeping disruption to a minimum was a priority.

All of the products specified are purposely designed to be easy to install, but are also simple to maintain, ensuring minimal disruption to the ward.

Paul Collier, senior estates manager at the hospital, said: “Armitage Shanks is synonymous with innovation and quality, making it our first-choice supplier for our paediatric washroom refurbishment.

“We know the brand well, due to its infection control expertise, inclusive-focused designs, and scientific approach, so wanted to get them involved in the project from the onset.

“The products were fitted quickly and with minimal disruption, which was very important to us.

“And, with new designs coming through at the moment, we are excited to see what else it will have to offer us in the near future.”

Tony Rheinberg, senior sector marketing manager of Ideal Standard, added: “We have worked on many hospital projects with the NHS and were delighted to secure the contract with the Royal Preston Hospital’s Paediatric Ward, as we understand the importance of protecting vulnerable patients, especially children and disabled people.

“Our ultra-reliable, research-driven bathroom solutions were chosen to improve the safety of young patients and also actively minimise the spread of harmful bacteria across their premises.”

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