Adapting and evolving as demand changes

Lauren Whitty, marketing manager at Medicare Systems, discusses some of the features and capabilities of modern nurse call systems – the functionality of which now extends well beyond their original purpose, explains what to look for when considering purchasing one, and looks ahead to what new features we can expect to be incorporated in the future.

Moving construction onto a more sustainable footing

The head of Health at a leading project and cost management consultancy offers his standpoint on some of the reasons for Carillion’s recent collapse, and the potential wider implications for healthcare construction and construction procurement.

Rinse water quality’s marked impact in focus

Speaking at an IHEEM seminar, Christina Bradley, Laboratory manager at the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, discussed ensuring that the final rinse water used in washer-disinfectors is kept safe and, as far as possible, bacteria-free, to protect patients undergoing endoscopic procedures against infection.

Family’s IHEEM links span over 70 years

Last November one of three IHEEM Honorary Fellowships conferred at a ceremony in London went to ‘third generation’ member, Jeff Jackson, whose father and grandfather were also both members, his grandfather having joined the forerunner to today’s Institute just four years after its formation, and before the founding of the NHS. He tells the family’s story.

‘In-house’ testing can boost the speed of response

A microbiologist says that such are the abilities of today’s rapid testing technologies that ‘in-house’ microbiological monitoring and testing of hospital water systems should be within the compass of many sufficiently resourced NHS healthcare engineering teams.

Addressing knowledge gaps around POU filtration

Despite the devices’ widespread use, many leading industry experts maintain that there is a substantial knowledge gap spanning the specification, use, and management, of point-of-use (POU filters). Water hygiene specialist, Aqua free, says it is ‘tackling this head on’.

Upgrading may prove the most cost-effective option

How medical gas technology has developed to meet changing demands, and some of the practical and financial challenges when specifying and maintaining such equipment – including the dilemma as to whether to continue maintaining functioning existing plant or to upgrade or replace it.

‘Landmark’ unit brings cancer services together

Guy Barlow, joint managing director of architecture and interior design practice, The Manser Practice, describes the firm’s work on a new cancer unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital designed to bring fragmented services together into an integrated cancer care facility.

Strong collaboration on Derry hospital development

Farrans Construction’s building of a new £36 million inpatient ward complex, the new North Wing, at Londonderry’s Altnagelvin Area Hospital, marks the continuation of a successful partnership between the contactor, its design and supply team, and the facility’s operator, theWestern Health and Social Care Trust.

Sizeable opportunities from surplus land indentified

The second of our IFHE articles this month takes a look at a project to create a new medical clinic for the 3,000-strong workforce of one of the world’s largest coal reserves, in Mozambique. Two of the key medical priorities will be lung health and hearing.

Sustainable clinic next to a coal mine

Architects Ernesto González Nagel and João Athayde e Melo describe the design of a clinic built close to the site of one of the world’s largest coal reserves in Mozambique. They explain that the goal was to create a sustainable clinical space with its own healthy microclimate to provide first-class care in specialisms including lung health and audiology for the mine’s 3,000-strong workforce.

Challenges in boosting Zanzibar’s healthcare

Geir Pedersen, head of the Project Management Department at Norway’s Haukeland University Hospital, explains how staff at the Bergen hospital have worked closely with Zanzibar’s largest hospital for the past six years to improve healthcare services there, providing considerable expertise and input.

Antimicrobial additives – good or bad?

Jonathan Waggott, an expert in sanitary infection control issues, asks whether, with evidence that hand hygiene and cleaning with disinfectants can no longer be entirely relied upon to safeguard patients against harmful bacteria, it is time to consider new approaches.

Creating a benchmark in healthcare design

A senior team member at healthcare flooring specialist, Gerflor, and two associate directors at the architectural practices involved, discuss the award-winning Banbridge Health & Care Centre in Northern Ireland’s County Down, and the challenges of designing a healthcare facility ‘upheld as a benchmark of its type in Great Britain and Northern Ireland’.

Regular compartmentation maintenance saves lives

Fire safety continues to a major topic of debate, particularly in hospitals that have had refurbishment carried out. The general manager at Horbury Property Services looks at fire risk assessments, and why it is essential that fire compartmentation is properly inspected during them.

Technology in place to battle the bugs

With the government’s ambition to halve the number of Gram-negative bloodstream infections in the NHS by 2020, a washroom specialist explores what these plans look like ‘for those at the coalface’, and why ‘there has never been a better time to invest in infection control’.

Emergence of the ‘Integrator’ model

Over the past four decades the delivery of estates and facilities management services to NHS Trusts has evolved considerably. A look at this changing scene, and at an emerging ‘Estates Integrator’ model.

Fast-track project helps Trust meet DH target

Fast-track modular building specialist and turnkey construction company, MTX, recently completed its fastest modular new-build project yet – completing a new modular orthopaedic surgery and rheumatology outpatient unit at Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital in just 12 weeks from order to handover.

Industry collaboration paves way for future ward design

The latest addition to Static Systems’ Design & Innovation Centre at its Staffordshire headquarters is a ‘pioneering’ new Concept Ward, developed with the help, support, and input, of suppliers of a wide range of different products and technologies.

Cladding in the spotlight in wake of major London fire

Last June’s Grenfell Tower fire will sadly be remembered for many years. Speaking in a timely address at October’s Healthcare Estates 2017 conference, Phil Gibbs, Healthcare Partnerships officer at London Fire Brigade, took a broad-ranging look at ‘Cladding on hospital premises’.