Hospital plans new ways of getting around

Posted on Mon, 30/06/2014

QE Gateshead is planning to introduce a much clearer and simpler way of helping people find their way around the hospital site, by taking inspiration from big retailers.

Work has started to radically simplify signage around the hospital by splitting the site into coloured zones, similar to large shopping centres, and making it easier much easier to find wards and departments.

The plans were showcased at a special open event, where more than 70 local people had the chance to have  their say on the new designs and signage ideas. 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is currently undergoing a massive transformation with the building of a new state-of-the art Emergency Care Centre and main entrance as well as the Pathology Centre for Excellence.

To tie in with the opening of the £32m Emergency Care Centre in Autumn 2014, the Trust is making a number of changes that will make it easier for patients and visitors to find their way around.

Peter Harding, director of estates and facilities at QE Gateshead said: 

“These are really exciting changes which will help patients and visitors find their way around the hospital. When you come into a hospital it can be confusing to find the right place, often because of the size and layout of the buildings. The construction work going on at the moment has also meant that some areas have moved so that can also cause some confusion.

“The transformational work going on at the moment has given us the chance to think again about how we signpost people around the hospital and we’ve thought long and hard about the best way of achieving that. When the new centre opens later this year it will provide a world class facility for Gateshead and it’s vital that we have modern signage at  the heart of the hospital.

“We’re moving towards a coloured zone system that has been successful in large retail outlets like the Metro Centre and we know that consumers are already familiar and comfortable with getting around in this way.”

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