Chase Farm Hospital - Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
At the forefront of pioneering new ways of working to deliver better, safer, and more efficient care to the local community through new and innovative technology. Chase Farm Hospital is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust group, offering a wide range of medical services.
DMA Signs were appointed to developed initial design and concept drawings working in collaboration with the Trust to devise a way-finding protocol that would assist all users (staff, patients, and visitors) with emphasis on Dementia Friendly signage. DMA Signs Limited were responsible for the concept, design, production, manufacture, and installation of all signage on the project, including the development of prototypes, graphic test prints for colour matching to the internal finishes/furniture and LRV (Light Reflectance Value) following the Equality Act ‘best practice’ guidelines to assist the visually impaired.
The internal directional signs challenged the conventions of Hospital signing but opting for high-grab digital printed vinyl graphics rather than conventional sign systems. After various materials tests, WW300 White Matt High-Tac vinyl was our preferred choice, giving a better adhesion to the wall surface and retaining perfect colour reproduction.
As an effective alternative to conventional electrically powered illuminated signage, DMA Signs specified solar technology. The Trust were particularly impressed, as this saved on installation costs since there were no electrical connections to either a mains supply or a generator required. Advances in solar power generation coupled with advanced microprocessor control mean that LED Signage could provide practical levels of illumination comparable with conventional, electrically powered illuminated signs.
DMA Signs specified its own unique external solar signage product that required no hard wiring making installation quick, simple and low cost; since no cabling or trenching was needed, there was no requirement for resurfacing, again significantly reducing costs.