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How we helped Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital...

Polyflor provided Chris Baragwanath Hospital with vinyl flooring and wall protection to a new unit with hygienic functional benefits and aesthetic advantages.

Ensuring great hygiene, beautiful floors, superb wall protection and clever multi-language way-finding.

Here at Polyflor, our passion is driven by the positive impact our products have on people and environments fueled by our company values of both quality and innovation. One of the many ways we have demonstrated this value was by providing our expertise and passion to the community within the healthcare industry.

We partnered with Surgeons for Little Lives and their team of service providers where we provided vinyl flooring and wall protection to a new unit with both hygienic functional benefits along with aesthetic advantages.

As part of a continued partnership between the Gauteng Department of Health, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Surgeons for Little Lives, a local non-profit organisation, a newly completed Paediatric Surgical Outpatient and Parental Sleep-Over Facility at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital was opened early December.

The new clinic will cater for infants and children with paediatric surgical conditions, providing the first integrated service offering support for families of young patients.

The hospital’s paediatric surgery department currently draws patients from across the northern half of South Africa, as well as numerous patients from Sub-Saharan Africa. The facilities required essential improvement to appropriately serve the catchment population of in excess of 15 million people.

This new facility that will support 1,500 outpatients and 130 inpatients per month. The centre will house a parental sleep-over facility, allowing children the opportunity to have family support while admitted as inpatients to the hospital, often for prolonged periods of time; a critical element for successful healing and recovery.

Wall outside Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital; paediatric surgical admissions ward


Polyflor South Africa (SA) is passionate about giving back to a community and industry that has supported us for a long time and was approached to partner on the state-of-the-art flooring and wall protection to this important new unit.

We provided Pearlazzo PUR flooring in colours Ocean Ripple, Chalk Burst, Lemon Ice and Alpine Meadow in various parts of the unit and Polysafe Verona PUR in Horizon Blue where wet slip-resistant functionality is required.

Polyflor vinyl is favoured for its superior cleanability over other flooring products and is used in the strictest of hygiene zones throughout hospitals. The seamless vinyl sheeting and PUR cleanability ensure limited ability for microbes to settle and grow, leading to excellent and critically important top-class hygiene.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital flooring


Polyflor’s PUR (Polyurethane coated) range includes PUR reinforcement which is cross-linked and UV cured for superior cleaning benefits, enhanced protection and optimum appearance retention.It is environmentally sustainable, using less energy, polish, water and cleaning chemicals, with 48%-60% maintenance-cost savings over a 20+ year life when compared to untreated vinyl flooring.

An additional benefit of Polyflor’s low-maintenance PUR product is minimised VOC emissions because fewer cleaning chemicals are used.

Polyflor’s Polysafe range is fully compliant with sustainable wet-slip resistance guidelines which ensure that wet slip-resistance lasts the full lifetime of the floor. This wet slip-resistance, coupled with the PUR coating on this Polysafe flooring makes it the perfect choice for areas requiring slip-resistance, low maintenance and excellent hygiene.

Gradus’s new wall protection range distributed by Polyflor South Africa, was used on walls, doors, corners and pillars to serve the double function of protection and incredibly clever cross-cultural, cross-language means of way-finding and communication.

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital indoor flooringChris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital indoor flooringChris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital indoor flooring

Various colours (Poppy, Bamboo, Straw, Rose Quartz, Iris and Melon) were used for consulting room door cut-outs to assist patients and parents in understanding which room they should go to and making it easy for them to find their way.  The delightful cut-out symbols also ensure bright, cheery smiles of pleasure and recognition amongst the young patients.

Polyflor SA is proud to have contributed to this new and incredibly important local community health facility.

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