Colour-coded care

Work continues at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Work continues at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital. Picture: Bruce Hunt

At least that is what the hospital designers’ research has shown. The colour scheme for the interior of the hospital was released last week and has the theme of local geography.

So far, the maternity ward is the only painted area on display for visitors to the 70 per cent completed buildings. The yellow colour on the second floor has been chosen to represent the Avon Valley.

A pomegranate colour will welcome visitors and patients to the ground floor and has been designed to offer a warm and sensitive feeling to those entering the building, which boasts a lovely staircase and granite and local jarrah wood finishes in the foyer.

Other colours included in the floor designs are blue for the Helena River, orange for the Swan Valley and green for the Darling Scarp.

‘We hope the colours will help people to associate the communities with the wards and build a sense of familiarity with the hospital,’ St John of God Midland spokeswoman Fiona Clark said.

‘We want patients and visitors to feel comfortable. Some people find hospitals intimidating, so we are aiming to make it both warm and welcoming while also visually attractive.

‘All the floors have been colour-coded. Our research shows that, for example, buttercup yellow is a warm, happy colour and of course births are a happy joyous time for mothers and families,’ she said.

The wards also have some larger, single rooms to accommodate indigenous families, who culturally love to visit relatives at such a happy time.

‘These rooms allow more visitors than the others, so they do not have to congregate in the corridors to wait to see the friends and family that have had a baby,’ Mrs Clark said.

St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital has combined the more complex theatres required for advanced procedures, for ease of movement of patient and staff.