Floors in healthcare facilities, especially in kitchens, need to be exceptionally sanitary – otherwise the patients could be at risk from dangerous foodborne illnesses. To achieve this, many modern hospitals in South Africa have installed Flowcrete’s seamless polyurethane finishes, as these floors are quick and easy to clean and even incorporate an antimicrobial agent to attack bacteria and pathogens in contact with the kitchen’s floor.

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg

The $70 million Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg is a 200-bed hospital with 600 doctors and nurses serving nearly 450 million children. The facility needed a hard-wearing floor that would be able to withstand the enormous strain placed on its service areas. The hospital’s designers specified and installed 600 square meters of the robust polyurethane resin floor screed Flowfresh RT in the site’s kitchen, laundry and food storage areas.

The design team knew that a floor not up to the task at hand could crack and fail, which would make it harder to clean and would increase the risk of bacteria build-up. The knock-on effect of this would be delays and disruptions while the floor is refurbished – an eventuality that in itself could put lives at risk. This emphasised the importance of durable kitchen flooring that will maintain its hygienic properties for the long term.

Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital in Durban

The same product was applied in the kitchens and body layout rooms of the newly constructed, cutting-edge Ahmed Al-Kadi Private Hospital in Mayville, Durban. The HACCP International certified system in light grey was installed in 514 square meters of the 164-bed hospital. Coving was applied along the kitchen’s edges to ensure a smooth transition from the floor to the wall and wide, stainless steel drainage channels were incorporated into the finish to make the cleaning regime quicker and easier. One of the ways that Flowfresh exemplifies its commitment to modern technology that can improve hospital design is through the incorporation of the silver-ion based bactericidal agent Polygiene*, which is able to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria in contact with the floor.

Seamless flooring for every type of health facility

The Royal Rehabilitation Hospital is a 52 bed sub-acute rehabilitation unit in Pietermaritzburg that is set to grow to 102 beds. This hospital also installed 180 square meters of Flowfresh RT in the kitchen. The long-standing Netcare Parklands Hospital in Durban expanded with a new building for its Humana Healthcare Facility and Flowfresh RT was once again chosen for the task to minimise the risk of contaminants and to keep the site running on a clean, safe and reliable platform.

The number of modern hospitals that have turned to Flowfresh for kitchen floors attests to the ability of this high performance polyurethane system to successfully meet the long and demanding list of criteria.

For more information, contact Flowcrete on Tel: +27 (31) 461 3411 or via www.flowcretesa.co.za.

*Polygiene is a registered trademark