Covered Outdoor Waiting Areas for Healthcare Practices

Covered Outdoor Waiting Areas for Healthcare Practices

Many healthcare settings such as doctor and dentist practices have fairly small waiting rooms which can only hold a handful of patients at a time given the 2-metre rule. This would have been fine during the summer months as some patients could wait outside however, as we are now in the colder, rainier months, more patients will be looking to book appointments; and they won’t be so keen on sitting outside whilst bearing the wintery elements.

It’s important that patients are not put off attending important appointments for health reasons and it’s also important that they feel safe whilst under your care. That’s why we’re here, to help you achieve just that.

Building an extension is not so much a practical option given the money, commotion and time involved, yet there is another solution that give will cause you to breathe a sigh of relief; a wall mounted canopy such as the Coniston or Abberton can create the ultimate outdoor waiting area that your surgery needs. As a bonus, we are able to install your healthcare canopy during the evenings and weekends to avoid disruption to your regular work day and depending on the size, it could be installed within as little as one or two days, so you will barely know we’ve been – except for the new shade and shelter structure we leave behind that your patients will love!

Benefits of a Covered Outdoor Waiting Area: within Healthcare Settings:

  • Your patients may feel much safer waiting outside which in turn may encourage them to attend crucial appointments that they may otherwise put off
  • You can extend the number of patients you can welcome at any given time
  • They keep your patients protected from the rain and a happy patient equals happy staff
  • We will cause minimum disruption to your surgery with evening and weekend installations available and speedy installations once on site
  • A canopy may reassure patients regarding the spread of COVID-19 as time spent outdoors is considered by some as safer than time indoors with others
  • Your staff may feel safer as the waiting room will be much clearer
  • Hand sanitation stations can also be located under the canopy along with health and safety signage and instructions

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Here’s some examples of our healthcare canopy installations, click on the images to find out more.

Ickenham Clinic – Uxbridge, London

Due to the social distancing requirements, the staff at Ickenham Clinic in London were looking to maximise the use from their outdoor space by extending their waiting room into the outdoors so they can welcome more patients at the same time without compromising their safety.

We therefore supplied and installed a 15m x 1.7m-2.6m Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy which created the outdoor waiting area they required so their patients can be comfortably seated whilst waiting for their appointments.

Product: The Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy
Size: 15m x 17m – extending to 2.6m
Installation Date: July 2020

St Helier Hospital – Carshalton, Surrey

St Helier Hospital were looking to connect two of their outpatient buildings; whilst also creating cover from the weather along the wheelchair access route into both buildings.

We supplied and installed a 15m x 4m Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy attached to the Davis Unit which meets the existing concrete canopy on the Ferguson House to create a continuous cover from the weather.

Product: The Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy

Size: 15m x 4m

Installation Date: August 2019

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital – Norwich, Norfolk

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital were in the process of building a new discharge unit to reduce bed-blocking and get patients home quicker and required a large canopy at the entrance to provide cover to the wheelchair access and outdoor wheelchair storage area.

We supplied and installed a 17m x 4.7m Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy with front and side fills to provide additional weather protection, almost completely enclosing the canopy for maximum cover from the weather.

Product: Coniston Wall Mounted Canopy & Front and Side Fills

Size: 17m x 4.7m

Installation Date: November 2018

Epsom Hospital – Epsom, Surrey

In July 2018 we supplied and installed a 10m x 1.5m Abberton Entrance Canopy to cover the entrance to their Children’s Outpatients Unit and a 3.95m x 2m Orwell Entrance Canopy to cover their Antenatal Clinic entrance, keeping both areas dry and sheltered.

Then in March 2019, we supplied and installed another Abberton Entrance Canopy (21.87m x 1.5m), that was required to protect their patients using the footpath outside the Bradbury Wing.

Product: Two Abberton Entrance Canopies and one Orwell Entrance Canopy


Abberton 01 – 10m x 1.5m

Abberton 02 – 21.87m x 1.5m

Orwell – 3.95m x 2m

Installation Date: July 2108 and March 2019

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.

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