Protecting staff in challenging and secure settings

The COBS personal security range of products is now available from Atus Systems, strengthening its range of both personal and staff security solutions.

‘Taking construction to the next level’ with technology

The head of Manufacturing and Innovation at offsite specialist, The McAvoy Group, looks at the latest techniques for digitising construction, and at ‘how the new technology is taking offsite construction to the next level’.

Maintaining hand hygiene without mains supply

Clean, hot water is vital to combating infections in hospitals, but when the water supply itself is at risk, what are the options? Teal Patents, which specialises in providing hot water handwashing facilities without mains water supply or drainage, explains how to maintain high hand hygiene standards when the water supply has been compromised.

Domestic water systems: how warm is your cold?

Steve Hunt, managing director of Steven A Hunt & Associates, discusses the need for hospitals and industry experts to stay up-to-date with technology to help tackle the issue of Legionella developing in ‘ill-equipped’ domestic water systems.

Future-proofing strategy key for nurse call specialist

Three years after moving into a considerably larger and more modern Bournemouth office and factory complex, wireless nurse call specialist, Courtney-Thorne, is enjoying the benefits, and is increasingly focusing on making its systems ‘future-proof’.

Sensor products used as part of ‘visionary’ project

How – as part of a major development project at the charitable Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in London – a leading tap, washroom fitting, and sanitaryware manufacturer has worked closely with the hospital’s Estates Management team on the roll-out of sensor washbasin mixer and shower products, and a look at the resulting benefits.

Improving resilience at one of Leeds’ biggest hospitals

In mid-2010 the Estates Maintenance Team at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust embarked on a £30 million, five-year project to significantly enhance the resilience and block capacity of the electrical distribution infrastructure at St James’s University Hospital, one of the Yorkshire city’s two main acute healthcare facilities.

Design considerations for ventilation systems

In an article that first appeared in the IHEA’s Healthcare Facilities magazine, a look, by an Australian air filtration specialist, at some of the key considerations for the effective design of operating theatre ventilation systems.

Pride in the job from a skilled workforce

Having started life in 1973 as a panel bonding and worktop manufacturer, Dorset-headquartered Total Laminate Systems (TLS) has grown into one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, and installers, of sanitary assemblies, IPS panels, and washroom systems to the healthcare, education, commercial, and leisure sectors.

Overcoming drainage issues with minimal disruption

Richard Leigh, Business Development director at commercial and domestic drains specialist, Lanes Group,says the sector needs to work hard to improve awareness among healthcare professionals - no matter what their role – of the potential dangers posed by drainage emergencies in healthcare facilities, and how to avoid them.

Online tools designed to enhance collaboration

Healthcare Facilities Consortium (HFC) non-executive director, Jane Riley, explains how the HFS has recently launched FM Knowledge Exchange (FMKx), a set of online tools designed to encourage collaboration and communication between healthcare organisations and estates professionals, as well as their product and service suppliers.

How to ensure compliance and competency

Keeping the water supply safe is an integral part of hospital hygiene and infection prevention. To minimise contamination risks, explains Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, healthcare estates teams need to be fully aware of their regulatory responsibilities, rigorously apply risk management, use compliant products, and employ approved contractors.

Contingency planning will pay dividends

A significant number of critical healthcare applications rely on precise temperature control – from theatres and wards to MRI scanners and even mortuaries. If disaster strikes and a temperature control system fails, being able to rely on a pre-arranged contingency plan for both chillers and boilers can be the difference between hours and weeks of downtime. Russ Baker, director UK – Hire, at ICS Cool Energy, explains.

Replacing an emergency power management system

Lawrence Crompton and Chris More of Siemens, and Regional Partner at DSSR, Derek Jolley, describe a project to replace the electrical emergency power system at a large acute hospital.

Early engineers’ lot was not an easy one

With IHEEM celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, looks back at the Institute’s beginnings, its early and continuing goals, and some of the key milestones in its history, beginning with the first meeting at City Hospital Nottingham in August 1943. He draws on a variety of interesting archive material recently uncovered by members of the head office team.

‘Future-proof and scalable’

Wandsworth Group claims ‘unrivalled expertise in the healthcare sector, with over 60 years’ experience supplying to the UK and overseas healthcare markets’.

Minimising disruption during theatre refurbishment

Regular refurbishment of operating theatres is key to ensuring a truly fitfor-purpose 21st century surgical environment, yet estates teams must balance the need for periods of theatre closure with maintaining operational delivery and minimising disruption to patient flow.

Using ‘people flow data’ to improve evacuation

At last October’s Healthcare Estates 2017 conference, Dr Aoife Hunt, a managing consultant and hospital evacuation specialist at people movement consultancy, Movement Strategies, explained how using ‘people flow’ data and analytics can help to optimise fire evacuation procedures in healthcare premises.

Developing and shaping future success in healthcare

With the NHS under increasing pressure to provide an ever improved level of service, there are plans for 7,500 existing GP practices in the UK to become 1,500 ‘Super Practices’. A specialist in the healthcare property market explains some of the issues the NHS will have to contend with.

Could Super Practices soon be commonplace?

With the NHS under increasing pressure to provide an ever improved level of service, there are plans for 7,500 existing GP practices in the UK to become 1,500 ‘Super Practices’. So what does the future hold for primary care services in the UK, and what issues need to be overcome from a logistical and estates standpoint? Adam Thompson, director at Primary Care Surveyors, specialists in the healthcare property market, investigates, and explains the issues with which the NHS and GPs will have to contend.