There are dozens of elevators in operation in a hospital at any given time because their presence is a fundamental necessity in order to allow sick patients, staff and visitors to navigate the different floors with ease and simplicity. With this said, there are many distinctive differences between the design of a hospital elevator and the design of a passenger elevator. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over 3 characteristics of hospital lifts…

Why are hospital elevators larger than passenger lifts?

Most people are surprised to discover that the elevators found in a hospital are incredibly large and there is a very good reason for this increased size. After all, wheelchairs, staff members and visitors are not the only people that travel within a hospital because the doctors will also transport patients on hospital beds too. Since these beds are often large and bulky, the lifts inside a hospital are intentionally larger to account for them.

How fast does a hospital elevator move?

The average lift moves rather slowly at 5 m/s, however an elevator inside a hospital could be used to transport a critical patient. As a result, it is not uncommon for the system to be programmed to run at an even slower speed in order to ensure that patients remain comfortable and safe and that visitors and staff are provided with a smooth and incident-free journey.

Are hospital elevators easy to maintain?

Since hydraulic systems are much slower than a traditional traction system, most hospital elevators tend to use a counterweight in order to transport people between the different floors. As a result, it is essential that the mechanical components inside the lift are regularly inspected and routinely serviced. Luckily, the lift shaft is very easy to access in a traction elevator system which makes them very easy to maintain and repair whenever necessary, which is important as a hospital elevator must be kept in tip top condition at all times.

Here at Elevators Ltd, we may specialise in the manufacture and installation of passenger elevators but that doesn’t mean that we do not understand the different requirements that each building has when it comes to accessibility. After all, all of our cabs are designed with the Equality Act 2010 in mind in order to ensure that wheelchair users can comfortably fit inside. To find out more information about the design of hospital elevators, get in contact with the best lift company on the market today!