Earlier this month ID/Lab was on-site at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) - which is set to open to the public in November 2016 - for another round of Quality Assurance (QA) checks.
These QA checks are done to make sure all wayfinding elements are located in the right spot and manufactured and installed according to our design specifications.
During a QA round we make use of a program called Plangrid. Data is entered straight into a defects report, showing the sign number and type, its location and a photo of the installed sign. This allows for swift rectification by the manufacturer/installer.
An alphanumerical intuitive wayfinding strategy, typical of airport wayfinding signage, has been created to easily guide people around the hospital. This system allows for the most direct route, horizontally, vertically or both, to the desired destination.
The RAH is located some 900 meters from the Adelaide Railway Station on North Terrace, and is just as easy to reach via buses and the tram. A tram stop is located opposite one of the Main Entrances just off North Terrace. The hospital features a light filled entrance here, overlooking a central garden.
A second Main Entrance is located between the hospital and SAHMRI to the East, while Renal Dialysis and the Emergency Department have their own entrances.
Pre-visit hospital information containing bar coding will explain where people need to go. The bar codes allow for scanning in the on-site kiosks, which will provide patients with a map to assist in the wayfinding, and to get as easily to their destination as possible, without the feeling of getting lost.
In the meantime we will make sure all signage elements are installed in their perfect spot!