23-Sep-2011

Build in hygiene

Abstract

Hospitals have many special requirements that can have an impact on the construction of ceilings. The materials used need to be easy to clean, hygienic and, where possible, antimicrobial. Often piping, ductwork and plant must be located in the ceiling void. Ceilings must meet performance standards and guidance laid down by healthcare bodies and governments, such as in the UK the Health Building Notes (HBNs) and Health Technical Memoranda (HTM)

The new Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

Ceilings have to meet strict hygiene and acoustic requirements for hospital projects. John Spicer, technical manager, Armstrong Ceilings, explains these and other key well-being considerations.

Healthcare environments must be welcoming, aesthetically pleasing and clean, with very strong infection control. The acoustics should provide calm, tranquil conditions that aid patient recovery, protect doctor-patient confidentiality, and ensure pleasant places for medical staff to work.

Healthcare premises are often complex, highly serviced buildings that operate 24/7. They must be easy to service and maintain to ensure that hygiene requirements are met throughout the building’s life. Suspended ceilings make an important contribution to the healthcare environment, and come under greater scrutiny in hospitals than when used in any other type of building.

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