Overseas success fueling business’s exciting growth

Brandon Medical is a multi-award-winning, UK-based medical technology company with 70 years’ healthcare experience. Its medical healthcare products include operating and surgical lights, medical AV systems, telemedicine solutions, touchscreen surgeon’s control panels, and uninterruptible power and medical IT (IPS) systems.

‘How healthy is your horse?– the future of the NHS’

​‘How healthy is you horse? – the future of the NHS’ – was the intriguing title of one of two opening keynotes on day one of Healthcare Estates 2018.

Recognising achievement on a night to remember

October’s 2018 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards Dinner in Manchester was attended by almost 500 guests, with the nine awards and a number of runner-up certificates recognising excellence in categories ranging from architecture to sustainable achievement.

Stakeholder input key to Toronto hospital project

In an article that first appeared in Canadian Healthcare Facilities, Hannah Ward, the hospital’s coordinator, Corporate Communications and Redevelopment, reports on a significant redevelopment at the 89-year-old campus at east Toronto’s Michael Garron Hospital.

Electromagnetic fields and their potential impact

Increasing digitisation of the sophisticated information technology used in many hospitals and healthcare facilities has had major benefits in the provision of appropriate and timely care, but the additional efficiency gained could be jeapordised by interference caused by the presence of electromagnetic fields.

England’s first PP recycling unit proving its worth

The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust now has reportedly England’s first polypropylene recycling unit in the healthcare sector

Glasgow event covered medical device safety

A variety of topics related to medical device safety were discussed at a recent event in Glasgow.

Simpler patient journeys and collaborative care

Catherine Zeliotis, senior associate and Healthcare leader at global architectural practice, Stantec, discusses ‘the innovative approach to building design and layout’ used to facilitate simplified patient journeys and integrated treatment pathways at the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Could it be ‘curtains’ for cooling towers?

Adiabatic cooling specialist, Transtherm Cooling Industries, discusses the shift towards dry/wet evaporative cooling methods.

Focus on competence in the wake of Grenfell fire

A look at the work of the recently formed IHEEM Fire Safety Technical Platform.

Expert speakers focus on today’s challenges

An IHEEM Regional Conference and Exhibition in Cardiff took place almost 75 years to the day after IHEEM was founded.

How best to clean and disinfect showers

Jonathan Waggott, an expert in sanitary infection control issues, Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, and member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers who runs his own consultancy, takes a look at the many potential ways to clean and disinfect showers in the healthcare environment, and, drawing on study evidence, considers the efficacy of each.

Finding a fitting solution for hospital drainage

An effective, reliable internal drainage system is a key requirement of any building, but perhaps nowhere more so than in a hospital. Jonathan Briafield, senior product manager at Geberit, examines ‘the growing issue’ of ageing cast iron drainage pipes in hospitals, and considers alternative materials available to Trusts.

Time to embrace the Internet of Things

Mike Healey, senior marketing manager at Rada, discusses why smart taps and showers ‘are at the bow wave of the Internet of Things’, and just one example of a technology that he believes will ‘revolutionise’ healthcare facilities.

Collaborative engineering audit brings many rewards

A collaborative project to fully audit the backlog maintenance requirements and priorities for the engineering plant supplying the retained clinical estate at Walsall Manor Hospital has ‘brought numerous benefits’ to all involved. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

Aiming for clarity on water filtration

Due to its crucial role in hygiene and infection control in healthcare facilities, but equally hospital water systems’ vulnerability to bacteria which can put the health of patients at risk, water hygiene and safety are key and – on large estates – often constant concerns for healthcare estates professionals.

A transformation in Turkey’s healthcare system

Musa Kızılay, a project principal for Turkey at global management, engineering, and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, explains how it is ‘helping to transform’ the country’s health system.

Working ward replicas that mirror a genuine hospital

Phil Wakelam, business development manager (Midlands) at specialist in the field, Unitrunk, discusses the cable management requirements for the high-specification electrical installation of the University of Buckingham’s new Medical School Academic Centre at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

Apprenticeship route in can benefit all parties

Apprenticeships continue to play a key part in attracting new talent to the healthcare sector, and are a core focus for IHEEM; at a recent roundtable discussion facilitated by the Institute, participants including representatives from NHS Trusts, NHSI, the supplier sector, HefmA, training providers, and IHEEM itself, got together to discuss apprenticeship and effective succession planning.

Addressing the gender imbalance in engineering

With women currently making up only 12 per cent of the UK’s engineering workforce, HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports on the goals and planned work of IHEEM’s new Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Two of the key initial priorities for it will be to champion women’s role in healthcare engineering and estate management, and to seek to do all it can to encourage more female entrants to the profession.