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Greater insight on ‘wasted energy’ could be the key

Neil Campbell, Chief Sales officer at eEnergy, discusses some of the ways that healthcare estates teams can lower the amount of energy wasted in their buildings, and some of the other – in many cases relatively straightforward and inexpensive – steps they can take to reduce the carbon footprint of their estate and play their part in the NHS achieving its Net Zero goals.

Ensuring critical power needs are properly met

Healthcare providers have a duty of care to patients. Along with nursing and medical staff, this includes the requirement that healthcare estates and facilities management and healthcare engineering personnel ensure that appropriate governance arrangements for critical power back-up at their particular healthcare facility are managed effectively. Alex Emms, Technical director at Kohler Uninterruptible Power (KUP), looks at some of the key considerations.

West Yorkshire’s new highly automated pathology centre

A new pathology laboratory building at Leeds’s St James’s University Hospital that will serve patients across West Yorkshire was officially opened in September 2023. The highly automated facility will serve hospitals across the region, avoiding considerable duplication, and significantly speeding diagnosis and treatment for many thousands of patients annually. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, visited the new Centre for Laboratory Medicine to find out more.

Understanding serious transfusion hazards

The latest Annual Report from the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) scheme has been published, once again collecting and analysing anonymised information on serious adverse events and reactions in blood transfusion from all healthcare organisations. Victoria Tuckley and Simon Carter-Graham summarise its key points and recommendations, with the aim of learning lessons and improving patient safety

Study highlights some worrying knowledge gaps

Three academics report on research, sponsored by the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to identify how knowledge priorities vary among NHS EFM staff across organisational levels

Ensuring competence across key engineering roles

Following IHEEM’s work to strengthen and promote the role and importance of professional development and independent AEs across all its specialist engineering platforms, members highlighted the urgent need to actively support the development of AP and CPs. IHEEM’s Decontamination Technical Platform is now piloting a programme in Wales aimed at directly supporting such personnel. John Prendergast, an IHEEMregistered AE(D) leading the pilot, discusses the wider issue of engineering governance in healthcare facilities, and ongoing work to ensure that engineers at all levels are competent.

Renewable energy microgrid for US paediatric hospital

In this article, Walt Vernon, CEO of global engineering design and consulting firm, Mazzetti, and 2nd Vice-President of the IFHE, reports on work being undertaken at Valley Children’s Hospital in Central California which should see it become the US’s first Net Zero paediatric hospital campus, with contributions from the hospital’s Vice-President of Innovation, Ratan Milevoj.

How to successfully manage Legionella risk

Les Szabo, NSW (New South Wales) State manager at Australian water treatment specialist, HydroChem, discusses work to implement an effective Legionella risk management and prevention strategy for the hot water system at a Sydney hospital. Among the key steps taken to address the existing protocols’ shortcomings were establishing a proper sampling protocol, implementing a monthly maintenance programme for chlorine dosing, taking samples from locations on each floor – with a focus on showers, and installing a chorine dosing unit equipped with remote telemetry.

A ‘blueprint’ approach to tackle healthcare challenges

Business management consultancy, The PSC’s recent development of a so-called ‘Blueprint’ approach to designing estates reportedly both meets population needs, and enables integration of care.

Heatherwood Hospital – a model for the future?

Sean Woodhead, associate architect at BDP, looks at how the design of Heatherwood Hospital in Berkshire has helped support positive outcomes at this specialist, planned care facility.

Digital tools can improve funding bid success rates

Chris Brown, Public Sector lead at IES, discusses the need for NHS Trusts to be able to provide comprehensive data on current performance, and good evidence of the need for funding, to secure monies for heat decarbonisation schemes.

RAAC plank safeguarding – challenging the status quo

With the issue of addressing the risks from RAAC planking in public buildings such as hospitals and schools very much in the spotlight in recent months, Alister Broadberry, Area director for the Eastern Counties at Morgan Sindall Construction, describes the business’s recent work for a Norfolk acute hospital Trust to help keep their structural RAAC planks safely, swiftly, and securely propped ‘for years to come’.

Harnessing technology to help meet Net Zero targets

Schneider Electric’s David Williams argues that achieving Net Zero is ‘a whole company / organisation initiative’, and warns against procrastination, saying ‘the time to act is now’.

‘Taking time out of’ hospital construction will be key

The New Hospital Programme’s Senior Responsible Owner, Natalie Forrest, updated Healthcare Estates 2023 delegates on progress with the Programme, and discussed the Hospital 2.0 model.

Updated guidance and its implications in focus

Hospitals have unique ventilation requirements. Lee Jenkins-Skinner, CIAT’s AHU specialist, highlights updated guidance on the subject.

Marking Hong Kong Branch’s 25th anniversary in style

Alongside IHEEM’s 80th anniversary, the Hong Kong Branch marked 25 years with a symposium in the city. Representing IHEEM from the UK were President, Alison Ryan, and Past-President, Paul Fenton.

Pride and passion keep Head of Profession enthused

HEJ’s Editor recently caught up with Director and Head of Profession, NHS Estates, at NHS England, Simon Corben, to discuss some of the highlights and challenges of his six and a half years in post to date, and his thoughts on the future.

Getting the sensory aspects right in hospital design

At Healthcare Estates 2023, experienced healthcare planner, Suzanne MacCormick, explained how getting the sensory aspects of healthcare facilities right plays a critical part in providing the optimal care environment and speeding recovery.

Need for greater education on project cost breakdowns

Scott Tacchi, Head of MMC at Sir Robert McAlpine, argues that for the true benefits of MMC approaches to be understood, a comprehensive breakdown of the cost-benefits to provide the data and information necessary to effectively implement MMC practices from a cost reduction perspective is required.

Serving patients outside the usual hospital environment

Mark Hitchman, MD of Canon Medical Systems UK, discusses the creation of what is reportedly the UK’s first carbon-neutral built community sports and event arena with an integrated Medical Diagnostic Centre, and ‘why this unique fusion of sport and wellbeing will be a catalyst for positive regional health’.

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