Healthcare Furniture


Improving Patient Outcomes Through Great Design

NHS | Designing Healthcare Furniture | Industrial design | User-Centred Design, Testing, Design For Manufacture

A bedside cabinet for the NHS made simpler, more reliable and easier to use for both patients and medical staff.

Increased Mental Wellness

Modular Design

Single Rotational Mold

Easy Wipedown

The Journey

Ocura asked Realise to develop a piece of healthcare furniture that could improve patient outcomes by making patients’ experience better, medical staff’s jobs more manageable and easier to keep ‘bug-free’ to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HCAI).

Our integrated user-centred design approach helped realised a product that ticked all the boxes.

The Result? A world first fully rotomoulded bedside cabinet that satisfies the needs of patients and medical staff.

The Design Challenge

To design an improved bedside table for use in healthcare setttings that was simple to clean and maintain, could be easily manufactured and would be robust enough to survive years of use.

Our Design Solutions

Using extensive interviewing, observation and desk based research, we developed a package of Stakeholder Maps, Personas, Kano Analyses and Importance-Difficulty Matrixes to clearly visualise and understand user’s needs and inform our design going forwards.

Based on the prioritised features we brainstormed hundreds of possible solutions, combining these into a range of concepts.

Each concept was then developed further until we were satisfied it was feasible and offered some unique value – for example, ways to improve patient’s storage, security of possessions or drugs, rationalisation, ways to help staff do their tasks and ease of cleaning.

Finally we scored and ranked the remaining developed concepts against the product requirements and selected the winning route.

The Delivery

The chosen concept was detailed up in 3D CAD and renders were created to review the design with Ocura and manufacturers. The final design solution was wholly rotomolded bedside cabinet (A world first!) enabling the base model to be produced and sold with only 5 component parts; dramatically reducing cost & complexity and increasing reliability and durability.

The system can then also be upgraded through modular accessories to provide additional features such as RFID locks, VDU stands, shelves, trays and rails.

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