Healthcare portfolio

Our interior plant services portfolio for the Healthcare sector includes:

Hospital in Netherlands

Interior landscaping is used in the public areas of the Dutch hospital as somewhere for visitors, patients and staff to experience the benefits of being close to plants and nature.

Image of Ambius Interior landscaping in a Dutch hospital

Plants promote well-being

If you're sitting near a plant, go up and take a closer look at it. If you can, run your fingers over its stalk, smell its scent and listen to the sound as you rustle its leaves with your hands.

You'll probably agree. Plants make you feel good. But, did you know that the effect goes even further? Studies have shown that plants:

  • Are effective in cleaning the air by absorbing toxins
  • Can reduce the physical symptoms of stress
  • Reduce dust pollution

Read more about the benefits that plants provide.

Facts about plants in healthcare

In the 1980s, Professor Roger Ulrich and his colleagues in the USA and Sweden showed that:

  • Hospital patients recovering from major operations suffered fewer post-operative ill effects if they had a view of nature - as opposed to a view of buildings – from their windows
  • They were discharged from hospital sooner
  • They had fewer post-operative side effects, such as nausea and headaches
  • They needed fewer and weaker painkillers
  • They were less demanding of the nursing staff

Further studies, using volunteers and pictures of urban and rural landscapes, confirmed that scenes of nature lowered stress levels, a fact that has both economic and healthcare implications.

More recently, researchers have studied the effects of interior landscaping. Scientific reports from universities in the US, the UK, Norway and the Netherlands have concluded that indoor plants reduce stress levels and engender feelings of wellbeing. Indeed, one study showed that hospital staff in a radiography department took fewer days sick leave once indoor plants and light displays had been installed in their department.

As a result of this research, modern hospital design often incorporates interior landscaping and views of gardens, providing benefits to patients, carers and visitors. To find out how indoor plants can have a dramatic effect on care home residents, download our Whitepaper.

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