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Hillingdon Hospital, Stroke Unit, UK

Altro’s patient-centred ethos boosts wellbeing

Altro Whiterock Digiclad, Altro Serenade


Altro revisited Hillingdon Hospital, London, to see the lasting impact of products used to create patient-centred, healing, safe and homely environments in several departments.


Hillingdon’s Stroke Unit was vastly improved thanks to input from architect and healthcare specialist interior designer Georgia Burt of GBS Health and Altro, with the refurbishment of a bed bay, and also of the gymnasium; the area where important assessment and rehabilitation work takes place. Altro Serenade acoustic smooth flooring was used, with large nature scenes reproduced on Altro Whiterock Digiclad to create a patient-centred biophilic design, to bring the outside in.

Christopher Knight, Capital Projects Manager, Estates Department, at The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has seen a real difference for patients and staff.


All the spaces have been transformed by the refurbishment in so many ways. Compared with how they looked before there really is no comparison; they have gone from dull and clinical to bright, light, colourful and comfortable, but still meet very strict guidelines for safety and infection control.

Altro Serenade is ideal for spaces where comfort underfoot and impact sound reduction are paramount for patients. It is 3.9mm thick and has 19dB impact sound reduction. Along the walls of the gym is an image of a bluebell wood, in Altro Whiterock Digiclad. In the Stroke unit bed bays, a wildflower meadow runs along the entire wall above the bedheads.

Looks great with:

Altro Orchestra
Altro Operetta
Altro Whiterock Satins

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The Stroke unit is now also hugely improved, thanks to the refurb. Using beautiful natural images to help relax and reassure patients has proved wonderfully calming for them, and we can see a real difference in behaviour.

Staff are also thrilled with the new spaces. Working in an environment that’s colourful, friendly and warm has such an impact.