Using Containers for Portable Wheelchair Clinics

One of the best things about shipping containers is that they can be easily converted to become modular buildings. From cafés and restaurants to plant rooms and medical facilities, the flexibility and robustness that shipping containers offer means that there is an infinite number of potential uses for them.

Teamed with the fact that they are essentially upcycled waste, shipping containers are an excellent option to consider for any new facility, especially if it is semi-permanent. This means that they are not only effective but also an eco-friendly alternative to wasteful temporary buildings.

Portable Wheelchair Clinics

There are times when temporary extra space is needed. The addition of wheelchairs into the equation can add some other challenges, particularly the need for some additional space and step-free access. It is important for visitors to a wheelchair clinic to feel comfortable using the facility and this is why a converted shipping container could be the solution.

It is quite normal to see converted shipping containers being used in hospitals and other medical settings, as temporary offices, canteens, or labs, or, as seen more recently with the Covid-19 pandemic, as testing centres or pop-up wards.

Shipping containers can be specially fitted with clinical floor, wall and ceiling linings for hygiene and safety, all of the electrical supply that is needed, running water, and the heating that is required.

Specific Requirements for a Portable Wheelchair Clinic

Alongside the other requirements that any clinic would need to accommodate, there are some more specific requirements that a portable wheelchair clinic would need to adhere to. By accommodating these specific requirements into the design of your clinic, you can ensure that visitors get the best experience possible, without being crammed into an unsuitable space.

  • Portable – The benefit of having a portable clinic is that it can be used as a temporary fix or moved to different locations around the same or different sites. Shipping containers, although heavy, have been designed to be picked up and moved around between different modes of transport, for example. This means that they are sturdy and robust enough to feel like a quality and safe building, whilst being able to be easily picked up and moved.
  • Space – Space is another important issue for people who are using wheelchairs. Lack of space can mean difficulty in moving around, so it is important that there is ample space for people to manoeuvre themselves comfortably. The layout of your shipping container wheelchair clinic can be designed using specialist Computer-Aided Design technology to ensure that you have the perfect space that is needed.
  • Ramps and Doors – It is also important that the space is easily accessible to wheelchair users. This means ensuring that the doors are wide enough and that any access points have ramps if required. These can also be added into the design process and fitted before the modular building is even delivered.

Creating a bespoke, converted shipping container wheelchair clinic is not only cost-effective and offers you great flexibility, but it also makes the experience of a visit to the clinic a more pleasant and comfortable one for your visitors. Instead of being forced into a make-do temporary space, a portable, bespoke building means that people can visit in comfort, safety and without difficulty.