David Bailey Furniture – helping to enhance patient care at Maidstone Hospital

Published: 8-Mar-2024

David Bailey Furniture Systems (DBFS), a leading manufacturer of specialist healthcare fitted furniture, has been chosen to supply a wide range of new systems, as part of a major redevelopment at the Stroke Unit at Maidstone Hospital, managed by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

The project, currently in Phase Two, aims to expand the unit's bed capacity and enhance its capabilities to deliver exceptional care to the community. DBFS is providing high-quality specialist fitted furniture, including thick bullnose fully moulded worktops, ABS lipped worktops, white adjustable spur shelving systems, together with various base, wall and drawer line units.

DBFS is also transforming multiple spaces within the project, including the Ward Pantry, ASU Bed Bays, Reception and Office, Utility Cupboard, Equipment Store, Sister's Office, Consultants Office, and supplying & installing bespoke Staff Bases and Nurse Stations. These bespoke elements reflect DBFS's ability to adapt to the specific needs of each space, ensuring a seamless integration with the overall design and functionality of the unit.

"We are delighted to be a part of this important project and to play a role in enhancing the Stroke Unit at Maidstone Hospital," said Tony Huggins, Managing Director, David Bailey Furniture. "Our team is committed to providing high-quality fitted furniture that will create a healing environment for patients and staff alike." Once the refurbishment is complete, the new stroke unit at Maidstone Hospital, part of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust will be significantly enhanced as a major facility for the local community. Patients will benefit from a carefully-designed unit that puts their needs first, providing a sturdy, hygienic, and attractive environment conducive to optimal recovery.

Tim Fletcher, Estates Capital Project Officer at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, said: “We have used DBFS for a number of years, either by direct award contracts or through third party contractors. The products they have supplied for our Stroke Unit refurbishment project are strong and robust, so are suited to a healthcare environment. Importantly, they also comply with current Health Technical Memorandums. We will continue to consider using DBFS products for future projects at the Trust.”

DBFS's involvement began in November 2023 with the supply and installation of their extensive range of healthcare fitted furniture. Their team, working in collaboration with WW Martin Limited, has meticulously planned and executed the installation process.

A testament to DBFS's adaptability was the creation of a central corridor through the site, enabling patients and staff to continue moving freely throughout the hospital during the refurbishment. This has minimised disruption helping staff to prioritise patient care.

"By working hand-in-hand with DBFS, we were able to seamlessly integrate the new furniture into the existing building," said Paul Ruddock, Special Projects Contracts Manager for WW Martin Limited. "Adapting to ever-changing needs is the cornerstone of healthcare facility design. The creation of the central corridor, in particular, exemplified the innovative spirit that allowed us to prioritise patient well-being even during a major refurbishment such as this."

Architects for the project, Hazle McCormack Young (HMY), envisioned a modern, efficient space that would foster a healing environment. DBFS has responded to this challenge with its wide range of high-quality specialist fitted furniture.

For David Bailey Furniture, its involvement in this project further underscores the company’s commitment to enhancing patient care and improving healthcare facilities wherever its products are specified and installed.

For further information visit: www.davidbaileyfurniture.co.uk

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