Wayfinding is a catch-all term for directional signage: signage that allows people to locate where they need to be easily as possible.
Wayfinding can also be facilitated by visual prompts such as wall murals, displays and more tactile items such as memory boxes (in dementia friendly environments).
Hospitals are large, complex buildings and can be difficult to navigate for anyone. The role of wayfinding signage is to enable people, who may never have been to the building and who may have a range of levels of understanding due to health conditions, to easily find their way around it.
This reduces anxiety, alleviates some of the pressure on hospital staff and helps to avoid lateness for appointments.
Way finding signage should be used throughout hospitals, in all areas.