Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious and potentially fatal disease. Spread by inhaling air contaminated with bacteria from an infected person coughing or sneezing. While it is not as contagious as other diseases, treating it can take months, and nobody is invincible. Ensuring a properly equipped tuberculosis clinic is available to those in need is essential.
The badgers get a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to TB. Yes, they may spread it to humans, but this is only really likely to happen if they either have a slurp of cattle’s water supply (or your personal supply if you still use a well like the ancestors would) or if you get into a fight with an infected one.
Depending on how mano-o-mano you feel, it’s therefore unlikely that badgers will be the reason for your catching TB. Whilst spreadable through airborne particles, it is less contagious than some may fear. That’s not to say it isn’t a threat though, nobody is invincible, and so our medical architects ensure a properly equipped tuberculosis clinic is available to those in need is still essential even today. Of course, if a badger uprising happens, maybe even more so in the future.
Designing a tuberculosis clinic is a special project that our West Midlands architects design firm is experienced with. Our medical architects have successfully completed tuberculosis clinics as part of their portfolio
When it comes to the healthcare architecture design process, our West Midlands architects have several key aspects to take into consideration alongside the standard considerations for a clinic. The final project needs to cater for a high volume of patients and staff, whilst insuring infection control is kept to a high standard. For example, the spacing of seats in a waiting area and the positioning of the reception desk may have to adhere to rules (particularly in a post-covid world), as will the way in which hazardous chemicals are stored and the specific medical equipment needed inside various areas of the clinic. The filtration of air is also an important consideration, as is protective equipment.
Patients may be stressed or anxious in such an environment, and helping them feel at ease is crucial. This is where including sensory architecture in the design can help. Our West Midlands architects apply their knowledge and experience to benefit all. For example, simple designs on a wall or the positioning of flowers or the style of the chairs in a healthcare architecture waiting area can all aid in making a tuberculosis ward feel a little more comforting.
Another type of sensory architecture design is having areas of the tuberculosis clinic clearly signposted and distinguished from the rest of the building. Once the design process begins, things often fall into place for our medical architects, who are well-experienced in this area. The sensory architecture we design can transform the interaction between patient and clinic into something more positive. We understand that visiting a specialist clinic for whatever reason can be stressful, therefore, comfort and reassurance are key.
Once our medical architects begin the design process, things often fall into place. Our track record proves that innovation and creativity (ensuring all are safe and things can operate as efficiently as possible) can go hand in hand with the more technical rigmarole they are presented with when looking at healthcare architecture.
To complete a healthcare architecture assignment from a technical standpoint means ensuring the most up-to-date equipment and safety measures are in place. From a more humane perspective, it means utilising creative design to ensure a positive experience. This can make all the different to patients, not to mention the staff too. For us here at Johnson Design Partnership, it’s about building a sense of community and personal relationships with all involved.