“The hospital [Princess Alexandra Hospital] has a number of seats made from concrete base, with wooden panels. Outdoor seats at PAH are exposed to extreme weather and used by a high volume of people. Wooden seating requires ongoing care, which can be expensive. It was more cost-effective over the long-term to replace with Replas seating rather than refurbish outdoor seating which has deteriorated due to wear and tear,” said Larissa Claudio, part of PAH Corporate Services. Larissa and her Corporate Services team held a ‘walking meeting’ to gain insight on ‘how the physical environment at the hospital impacts on patient-centred care,’ allowing the team to understand what they can do to create a better healing environment. Larissa explained, “one recommendation from our consumer representative was to improve the quality of dilapidated outdoor seating facilities at main hospital entrance points. We also received feedback that more colour was needed in the hospital environment, and that greys, blacks and whites gave a very clinical feel.” From this feedback, Princess Alexandra Hospital has installed over 7 Blue Kimberley Select Seats around their facility. Kimberley Select Seats offer a modern twist on a comfortable furniture favourite from Replas. The combination of extra slats and a more streamlined support results in a design that is both practical and stylish.”We are very aware of the amount of waste produced by hospitals,” continued Larissa, “and here at PAH, we are committed to helping Close The Loop of recycling. As part of supporting the Circular Economy, we believe it is important to source products, where available, that are made from recycled plastics.” Princess Alexandra Hospital has saved 0.38 tonnes of waste from landfill, about 14,000 pieces of plastic packaging.