New spatial designs have since been implemented to make the ward more attractive and suitable for patients, staff, and visiting relatives. The ward now has a more open layout that promotes social interaction, but also includes rooms where patients can retreat and relax. Next to that, the renovated ward includes an activity room, as studies have shown that physical activity is especially beneficial for improving the physical and mental well-being of patients.
The new design also supports new ways of working. It features open work stations that bring staff closer to patients, while still allowing them to seek privacy in a smaller room. There are also more spaces to sit down with patients and relatives.
Since the renovated ward opened in 2017, the feedback from patients and staff has been overwhelmingly positive, says Deputy Director Sara Hannuksela Oscarsson: “Both staff and patients are very enthusiastic about the new design and the new ways of working.”
Ann Larsson adds: “Nurses are telling me that they come to work with much more energy than before. Patients are happy with the spacious layout and the comforting lighting. They are also enthusiastic about the group activities we arrange for them. They no longer feel the ward is overcrowded, even though it is fully occupied. It feels more like a home now.”
In 2018, the project won the iF Service Design Award.