HYGENIUS. THE FURNITURE THAT HELPS YOU FIGHT INFECTION.

Hygenius is the new name for Workspace Design – makers of unrivalled healthcare spaces for 50 years.

In this half-century the most important skill we have mastered is listening. To architects, to contractors, to healthcare professionals and to hospital management.

It’s your insight that has helped us develop furniture that reduces risk, harbours fewer bacteria, makes cleaning easier, keeps healthcare spaces safer. And, ultimately, that helps patients and service users to get better, sooner.

Hygenius furniture makes every healthcare setting safer.
 
Beating bacteria and aiding recovery in acute care
Processes and PPE were transformed during the Covid pandemic, but old-style space designs and furniture continued to make infection-fighting harder.

For some cabinet types, more frequent cleaning speeds damage and deterioration, creating bacterial hotspots.

Hygenius furniture is different. It’s built for robust cleaning. Panels and surfaces are smoother, stronger and more resistant to damage. Hinges, handles, drawers and worktops are safe and sanitary. And they stay this way for years – helping you to fight infection for longer.
 
Cutting infection and handling traffic in primary care.
High patient numbers increase risk for professionals, staff and visitors alike.

Hygenius furniture and space designs help you to reduce this risk by supporting safe working practices and eliminating dirt traps to aid rigorous, effective cleaning.

Durability is another Hygenius advantage. Furniture and fittings stand up to the hardest use and sustain their infection-control performance for years.

When you involve Hygenius at an early stage in your Primary Care project, you will deliver a more effective design and a safer end-result.
 
Reducing risk and increasing wellbeing in mental healthcare
No other healthcare specialism makes such demands of people and places.

Hygenius helps by going beyond bare standards, to a level of risk awareness and reduction that is unmatched by other providers. Safer space designs, stronger furniture. Thoughtful details, tougher materials.

We understand the challenging requirements and differing approaches to resolving risk in this field and can support you with guidance and best practice from decades of experience in design and delivery.
 
LISTENING
 
What we heard when listening to Procurement Managers
The key is value – getting the best, most hygienic equipment and furniture you can afford.

In treatment and recovery areas, infection control is a priority and materials must be chosen with great care. To help with this, infection professionals and clinicians are consulted. They’re the ones that use the spaces, so their insight into problems and processes is invaluable.
 
What we heard when listening to Architects
Ultimately, an architect’s job is to design buildings that improve lives - healthcare buildings most of all.

This is achieved by engaging all the stakeholders – care staff, patients, clinicians, cleaners, management.

infection control must be at the forefront of the thinking in these encounters and should range from the macro to the micro - starting with how people arrive at the building (including whether they actually visit the building at all), how they wait before their consultation, how they interact with staff and others in the waiting spaces, how they circulate around the building, how they meet their clinicians and how they leave the building afterwards.

The recurring theme in our work is the balancing act between providing something that's efficient and good for infection control, but which also aids wellbeing.
 
What we heard when listening to Contractors
Healthcare is unique compared to other types of building.  Quality is vitally important and there are many different stakeholders – patients, staff and the public, as well as estates management and trusts - and the design and build must deliver outstanding outcomes and safety for all of them.

Cost-cutting doesn't work in a healthcare environment. If you cut corners, you're putting patient health at risk, leading to infection and possibly even death. Penny-pinching can result in a facility having to shut down and compromise NHS service for an entire region.

What we heard when listening to Infection Control Doctors
Did you know that everyone in hospital touches ten things a minute, on average?

Call buttons. Door handles. Laptops. Bed rails. Washbasin taps. Bedside tables. Cupboard doors. Bed controls. Phones. BP cuffs. Every touch transfers infection to fingers and delivers infection from fingers.

We must improve the things people touch. Avoid corners and castors. Insist on hard, smooth surfaces that can withstand plenty of cleaning. Choose robust furniture that won’t chip or split when a trolley hits it. Become a furniture expert, insisting on smooth simple shapes.

Oh yes - and if someone should mention cutting your hospital cleaning budget, please explain that every £1 they save will cost £5 in the treatment of Healthcare Acquired Infections down the line.

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