Wood Flooring Unites new Hospitals
Circle Bath and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Birmingham may seem to be two very different hospitals, one a private hospital in a rural area, while the other is a firmly suburban site run by the National Health Service. Yet the two new hospitals have more in common than might seem to be the case at first, including the smart décor and wooden flooring (likely to need very little in the way of dustless floor sanding repairs for many a year) that they both share.
Despite the otherwise seemingly large differences – one a small establishment focusing on elective surgery for private clients, the other a massive teaching hospital, the two have other things in common too. Appearances can be deceiving, since the Circle Bath does take a third of its patients from the National Health Service, and many of its physicians split their time between Circle Bath and Bath’s Royal United Hospital. At the same time, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is being run by a private financial initiative headed by Balfour Beatty Construction, with additional financing being supplied by HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Another thing the two hospitals share is that they were designed with a great deal of input from the people who actually have to work in them. Of course, there are still some obvious differences – such as the quality of the food, with Circle Bath having an executive chef, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital offering less fancy fair, with one staff member noting that they have patients who refer to vegetables on their plates as “that green stuff.”