KwickScreen is a portable, retractable, rooom divider which provides isoaltion or privacy solutions in hospitals when required. They have a very small footprint for easy storage and use and are simple to transport and clean. KwickScreens enable hospitals, which are often stretched for resources, to make the best use of space offering the the flexibility to change a room’s layout. The product greatly helps in the fight against health care acquired infections as well as with mixed sex accommodation and general privacy and dignity problems. KwickScreens can be printed, which adds colour and interest to wards and can be used to display important messages to staff and visitors.
KwickScreen has applications beyond healthcare, in schools, universities, offices and exhibitions where openplan areas need to be divided up in a fast and flexible manner.
The inspiration came whilst thinking about problems within the NHS; MRSA, lack of space, lack of privacy. No one would like to think that their friends or loved ones, or even themselves would go to hospital and come out more ill for the experience. No one wants to be denied their basic right to privacy and dignity when admitted to hospital.
The NHS has the worst rate of healthcare associated infections in Europe. Nurses required improved isolation for infection control without the use of scarce side rooms, and patients wanted increasing privacy and dignity, therefore I sought to address these problems.
I came up with the idea of bringing isolation to the patient. A retractable screen was the solution I envisaged, I sought inspiration firstly from nature. The venus fly trap and a frogs tongue, slap on bracelets and tape measures were all used during this stage until the discovery of rolatube which gave a means of scaling up my idea to full size.
In 2007 I graduated from the Royal College of Art with a table top model of the KwickScreen. I spent much of the year researching hospital environments and understanding the situation. The following year, 2008, I was able to develop a full size design and patent the unique mechanism. In the same year KwickScreen was selected to be part of the NHS’s smart ideas programme.
By 2009 a clinical trial at UCLH with full size prototypes began. Over the next year further product developments were made, the internal mechanism was simplified and the number of parts reduced from over 100 to less than 50. To improve the functionality, allowing one person to use the screen the body was changed from steel to aluminium.
KwickScreen was accepted into the Design London incubator Jan 2011 and subsequently the first volume sales came in, by July the screen has been sold into 25 trusts and 4 countries. Currently much is changing within the project as the new, improved slimline model is launching.