Monday 27th April, 2020
We are in a time like no other. At Tufwell Glass, as part of United Glass Group, we are proud to be playing our part by fulfilling orders of essential glass screens for hospitals on behalf of the NHS. Glass screens have long been popular in clinical settings and here’s why.
In a healthcare setting, hygiene is paramount. Dirt is easily spotted on glass screens and can be removed quickly and effortlessly. Glass screens are almost impossible to blemish and almost anything can be cleaned from their surface. There’s no hiding place for unseen dirt either; glass screens come as solid glass panels, with no nooks and crannies in which bacteria or fungus can grow. One use of glass screens during this current health crisis, is as a barrier protecting key workers from possible contamination when interacting with the public.
Tufwell’s glass partitions and screens are made from toughened glass which is a type of safety glass. Toughened glass is hard to break; it is up to five times stronger than ordinary glass and can endure greater impact and sudden changes in temperature. In the unlikely event that it shatters, toughened glass crumbles into small rounded pieces – no sharp edges that can cause serious injury. These qualities make toughened glass screens ideal for use in healthcare settings, for example, at reception desks where the personal safety of frontline staff can sometimes be compromised.
Clear glass partitions can be used as a smart way to maximise space in busy healthcare settings. Moveable glass screens allow for areas to be altered quickly or cordoned off as required. Glass partitions are effective at increasing the dispersion of natural light and improving visibility in a space; yet, by using the latest in glass technology, glass screens can also offer privacy. Smart glass, or liquid crystal glass, is glass that can move between transparency and translucency at the flick of a switch. Smart glass is increasingly used in clinical settings to facilitate patient care, including in some hospital intensive care units where smart glass partitions allow patients privacy whilst enabling staff to closely monitor them with minimal disturbance. These are just some of the ways in which glass screens can enhance a clinical setting.
Of course, their usage can extend beyond the functional. Glass screens can be customised to client specifications: they can be supplied in different finishes eg clear, frosted or tinted glass, cut to size using CNC technology to produce flat, wave or arch tops, or include colour, patterns, text or logos.