Gourangaa Consulting: Enhancing healthcare efficiency

Gourangaa is able to partner with clients to reduce long-term operating costs, while maximising revenue and client satisfaction

Gourangaa is able to partner with clients to reduce long-term operating costs, while maximising revenue and client satisfaction

Gourangaa Consulting is one of the leading Indian consultancies with a proven track record of implementing and executing innovative projects across India and the globe. With proven expertise spanning a wide range of offerings to help leading and upcoming healthcare facilities increase efficiency, Gourangaa’s major focus areas involve the design and planning of CSSD, kitchens and laundries. By utilising state-of-the-art technology to design and implement products that perfectly balance cutting edge sensibilities with practical efficiency, Gourangaa is able to partner with clients to reduce long-term operating costs, while maximising revenue and client satisfaction.

Since its incorporation in 2007, the healthcare division has spearheaded projects of leading hospitals — including India’s largest hospital, Vadilal Hospital in Gujarat, which houses over 3000 beds. Other healthcare projects include Asian Bariatric’s, MAS Hospital Udaipur, Rukmani Birla Hospital Jaipur, Adani Medicity, Ahmedabad as well international projects in Iraq – Al Kafeel Hospital, Babylon and Al Kafeel Hospital Karbala.

Driven by its experience of providing practical solutions to diverse clients, Gourangaa Consulting looks forward to forming beneficial partnerships with leading hospitals from across the world.

What we do?

  • Kitchen design and planning
  • Laundry design and planning
  • CSSD design and planning

Kitchen design and planning

The reason why kitchen consultants are required is because they can predict the number of staff, bring equipment cost down and most importantly design around the ability of a kitchen to last a lifetime. Gourangaa uses the most efficient combination of equipment from around the globe to reduce operational and manpower costs.

They design as per the region and the clientele, who will be consuming the food. The first step is getting a questionnaire duly filled by the client which gives information on the type of cuisine, number of courses, dietary requirements etc. Then, the company calculates the area allocation and workflow analyses, which helps design the facility in an ergonomically efficient manner. All their designs are based on Hazard Analyses Critical Control Point (HACCP); they ensure that there is adequate separation between different cooking areas. Each kitchen designed by them has the following designated areas: meal preparation, meal service, dish and pot wash, cleanup and storage.

The design aspect needs to start during the schematic design phase of the project because aspects of a building like sunken floor, ceiling height, placement of grease trap etc. need to be taken under consideration so that the final product is operational at its best.

Laundry design and planning

Medical laundry is one of the most integral parts of a healthcare facility. Its smooth and hygienic function guarantees the well-being of the healthcare facility’s staff and patients. A well designed laundry that would include proper pre-wash area, barrier washers and well placed dryers and ironing can reduce manpower and operational costs with a huge margin at the same time ensuring the best deliverability. Also, a lot of facilities depend on outsourcing the laundry, which increases operational costs and at the same time increases the risk of contamination. This happens because the chemicals/ wash cycle used does not adhere to clinically specified standards, therefore having an in-house laundry is advantageous.

A very crucial part of a healthcare laundry is the placement of the machinery that affects the directional flow of work, which separates the soiled linen and clean linen. Before Gourangaa Consulting undertakes any design built project, they perform a load calculation sheet, which provides us the exact laundry generated by all departments in the facility. Based on the specific calculation, they are able to recognise the exact combination and size of the machines required. The company strongly propagates the use of barrier washers which allow the laundry to be designed in such a manner that there is an input and an output through a barrier meaning that dirty and contaminated linen is put in from one side, which is then processed and the clean linen is extracted from another side. Their designs incorporate every individual aspect of a healthcare facility laundry i.e. pre-wash, sorting tables, soiled linen input, clean linen extraction, drying, ironing, storage and dispatch.

The designing of a laundry needs to be incorporated in the early stages of schematic design phase after understanding the load of linen that will be passed through it on a daily basis, as it requires adequate space and equipment placement for it to be functional at its highest capacity.

CSSD planning and design

The responsibility of the Central Sterilisation Supply Department (CSSD) in a healthcare facility is to receive, process, sterilise, store and then issue equipment that is used during operations in an operation theatre. It is responsible for the entire cycle of the equipment starting from the dispatch from the storage unit, its return in its soiled condition and its sterilisation. The department is required to have sterile equipment ready to dispatch at all times. To achieve the level of accuracy required for this department to run it is essential to incorporate the correct design, correct equipment, well-trained operators and most importantly a good flow of work separating soiled area from the sterile and rest of the areas.

Many hospitals outsource the sterilisation process of their equipment, which increases cost in the longer run of business. Gourangaa provides design solutions that are unique for each facility wherein it calculates the load that will be put through the department and at the same time considering the expansion plans of the facility for the future. The company’s designs are based upon a varied number of factors including area required per bed, the distance from the location where the equipment will be transported for usage, work flow direction in the department etc. While designing they also take into consideration dirty corridors, clean corridors and also ensure that there is no cross contamination while processing. The planning of the CSSD needs to begin with the schematic designing stages after understanding the load that will be taken by the department on a daily basis.

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