How a Canopy can Enhance your Hospital’s Exterior

How a Canopy can Enhance your Hospital’s Exterior

medicalImprove your patients’ experience by providing shelter into your A&E department.

Having an accident is an incredibly traumatic time for both patients and their families. Getting treatment for their emergency is no doubt the most important requirement of a patient, however ensuring that their time at the hospital is as comfortable as possible can help make the patient more relaxed during this distressing time.

A simple way to improve patients’ experience is to provide shelter for patients when they are transferred from an Ambulance to the Emergency ward, and also at the A&E walk in entrance for those dropped off by taxi or by family. Arriving at a hospital to be greeted by a heavy downpour, hail or snow may add to a patients distress, particularly if they are having trouble walking due to an injury, so a covered entrance area a simple and cost effective way to provide dry passage from a vehicle into the A&E department and help prevents any slips whilst entering the building.

Many hospitals find it useful to have a canopy installed to cover the area where emergency vehicles transfer patients into the hospital. The journey from the ambulance into the hospital can then be taken at a measured pace with no need to worry about a patient getting wet and ultimately cold from the rain or snow.

So when designing a new hospital building or renovating or refurbishing a current building consider a canopy as a simple addition to your building which will help reduce a patient’s distress as they enter a hospital. A large span canopy can be used to cover the entire emergency vehicle drop off area to enable ambulance and A&E staff to transfer patients into the hospital in the dry, so that bad weather does not add to their discomfort. A large span canopy can also keep attending staff dry, so there is no need to staff to waste valuable time putting on a coat etc, or needing time to change if their clothes get soaked in a heavy downpour.

Alternatively, if vehicles are able to pull up very near the entrance, a smaller canopy can be used to provide shelter in this entrance area which may be sufficient to keep a patient dry as they leave the ambulance.

A canopy also offers a handy device to alert patients as to where the entrance to the building is, or where a designated drop off zone is.

To find out more about how our canopies can help improve your hospital call our friendly canopy advisors today on 0800 389 9072.

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Able Canopies Ltd. design, manufacture and install canopies and shade structures at
hospitals, care homes and healthcare organisations across the UK, allowing our
customers to provide dry and sheltered outdoor areas to improve the wellbeing
and comfort of patients, residents and visitors.
For more information please contact us

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