Healthcare facilities can be considered as one of the most complex building types, as well as a vital component in the smooth running of urban and suburban infrastructure and development.

Every healthcare facility comprises a wide range of services and functional units. These include entrance areas, corridors, stairwells, diagnostic and treatment functions, such as examination rooms, operating theatres, X-ray rooms, physiotherapy rooms; hospitality functions, such as the cafeteria and housekeeping; and the fundamental bed-related patient care function such as patients’ rooms and children’s wards.

Each of the wide-ranging and constantly evolving functions of a healthcare facility requires specialised knowledge and expertise. No one person can reasonably have complete knowledge, which is why specialised consultants play an important role in the planning and design of any healthcare facility. Idealised scenarios and strongly-held individual preferences must be balanced against mandatory requirements, actual functional needs and the financial status of the organisation.

FloorworX would like to be an advocate for the patients, visitors, support staff, volunteers and suppliers who have in the past not had direct input into the choice of floorcoverings, as the company believes that good healthcare design integrates functional requirements with the human needs of its varied users.

Aesthetics is important in enhancing the hospital’s public image and is thus an important marketing tool. Although the application of flooring design and the use of colour is primarily focused on the patient and family, there are also recognised potential benefits for staff and caregivers.

These benefits include job satisfaction, effectiveness and staff retention if one succeeds in creating a therapeutic environment right from entry to the public spaces, clinical spaces and, ultimately, the patient’s room.

In corridors, designing a “way-finding” process can be incorporated through floor design. It is important for patients, visitors and staff to know where they are, what their destination is, and how to get there and return. A patient’s sense of competence is encouraged by making spaces easy to find, identify and use without having to ask for help.

Flooring inside operating theatres should have no cracks or gaps in the floorcovering nor its coving joins to the wall. Operating theatres require flooring that is durable and resistant to contamination, has high indentation resistance as well as wheel tracking resistance and is chemical- and stain-resistant.

Vinyl is the most commonly used of all the resilient floorcoverings, offering a wide range of colours, designs and styling which contribute to a pleasant atmosphere in public areas.

The recently launched Canvas PUR range from FloorworX presents a totally unique, non-linear design image for homogeneous floorcoverings. When an elegant design expression is required, Canvas PUR offers a refreshing new alternative.

Canvas PUR is a fully-flexible homogeneous vinyl floorcovering in a range of neutral tones with a subtle, forgiving semi-directional design. It is rated as having Wear Group P abrasion resistance and is PU treated to ease maintenance for exclusive-looking areas. Polyurethane protects the surface of the floorcovering from general dirt pickup, scuffing and marking during installation and the interim handover period.

In a nutshell, Canvas PUR offers a range of 24 colours; availability of tiles 610mm x 610mm upon request; a low filler content for good mechanical performance; improved PUR formulation; no initial wax or polish required; and abrasion resistance (Wear Group P).

Canvas PUR is specifically recommended for commercial use – especially in healthcare as well as care for the aged.