Hospital Washroom Design Considerations
Excelsior works with the healthcare sector to supply complete cubicles and washrooms that are designed with the needs of the industry in mind. Our washrooms help patients and employees alike to feel cleansed and refreshed within hospitals, clinical surgeries and acute facilities.
This means ensuring cubicle hygiene, accessibility, durability and ease of maintenance are at the forefront of what we do to make washrooms as safe and as inviting as possible for users.
Cubicle Hygiene and Infection Control
80% of bacteria is transmitted by contact between hands and contaminated surfaces.
It’s therefore critical that washrooms and cubicles are kept clean, especially in healthcare environments where bacteria and viruses are easily spread. Infection control is a priority when designing washrooms for the healthcare sector.
We build washrooms with accessibility in mind. To do so, Excelsior follows the regulations of the Equalities Act (2010), which provides the current guidelines for protection from discrimination in wider society. According to the Equalities Act, reasonable adjustments must be made to increase accessibility within buildings.
We are further guided by Document M: Volume 2 – Buildings Other Than Dwellings and BS8300, which both provide guidance on inclusive and accessible building design.
The push for greater accessibility has also been aided by the 2021 fund for Changing Places Toilets, which provides the space and equipment needed for severely disabled people.
Hospitals and clinics can be high-traffic areas, so ensuring washrooms are made to withstand this footfall is key to a durable environment.
Closing cubicles and washrooms prematurely for refurbishment is not only costly, but is disruptive to the environment. Therefore, Excelsior always manufactures and installs our quality washrooms with durability in mind.
Ease of Maintenance
All components within the washroom should be easy to clean and maintain in order to promote cleanliness and control any contamination within the healthcare environment. Antibacterial materials, plus smooth and easy-to-reach surfaces, make maintaining Excelsior’s washrooms a straightforward and speedy operation.
Our Hospital Cubicles
We have a number of suitable materials and washroom ranges for the healthcare sector, catering to all budgets, demographics, and project requirements.
Our High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Solid Grade Laminate (SGL) material are hospital-grade laminate - with built-in antibacterial protection. Eliminating 99.99% of bacteria within 24 hours and preventing the build-up of mould and mildew, these materials don’t just provide durability and water-resistance, but enhanced hygiene properties.
Complete ranges for healthcare cubicle systems include, but are not limited to:
The Mariner Range
Manufactured using Solid Grade Laminate, Excelsior’s Mariner Range is one of our most water-resistant and durable systems.
Suitable for both children and adult washrooms, the Mariner Range is optimised for its environment.
The Senator Range
The Skyline Range
The Skyline Range provides complete privacy for users, with floor-to-ceiling systems, ensuring users can take a moment for themselves to freshen up.
The Skyline Range is also available with standard floor clearance.
The Planar Range
The Planar Range is a water-resistant, flush frontage, premium range suitable for both washrooms and toilet cubicle environments that are looking for a contemporary design that does not compromise on durability.
Excelsior’s ranges are all available with complementary duct panels and vanity units, as well as a varied selection of accessories.
For other suitable ranges for the healthcare sector, enquire with a member of the Excelsior team.
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Our Duct Panelling Solutions
Excelsior also offers pre-hung duct panel solutions for targeted performance within the healthcare sector. These are suitable for standard and DDA room toilet cubicles.
Beyond toilet cubicles, we can provide medical wash stations and WHB panelling as either boxed out or recessed. Our boxed-out panelling hides surface-mounted services and is available with variable return end depths, whilst the recessed panelling sits flush within the wall aperture.
Hospital Washroom Legal Requirements
It is essential that washrooms for the healthcare sector are built in line with the latest regulations in order to promote safety, privacy and accessibility, as well as cost efficiency through preventing the spread of infection. 1 in 10 patients in UK hospitals acquire an infection, costing the NHS £1 billion per year.
Excelsior’s production and installation processes are undertaken in adherence to the Department of Health’s Health Technical Memoranda, which provides guidance on healthcare-specific elements of standards and best practices. This includes the creation and refurbishment of washrooms. As part of this memoranda, HTM 64 outlines the requirements of sanitaryware, for example.
Similarly, Health Building Note 00-02 on designing sanitary spaces, including washrooms and WCs, can be regarded for design advice.
The British Standard 6465 offers advice on sanitary installations, including the selection, installation and maintenance of sanitaryware.
Document M: Volume 2 – Buildings Other Than Dwellings, as previously referenced, offers guidance on disabled washroom facilities and accessibility.
There are many legislative and official advisory notes that should be considered when designing, manufacturing and installing washrooms and toilet cubicles for the healthcare sector. Excelsior works in line with industry standards and regulations to provide quality hospital cubicles and washrooms for all users.