RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

Tactile, colourful materials will play a crucial role

Benji Bagwell, lead Engineering manager at Ultrafabrics, explains how upholstery can be soft, colourful, and robust enough to stand up to rigorous new cleaning regimes.

Proper maintenance key to effective UPS operation

Looking at the impact that the coronavirus has had on the healthcare estate landscape, Graeme Tucker, gives his standpoint on how the sector can address recent power protection design challenges and mitigate risk more effectively.

Understanding the risks from electrostatic discharge

There are a range of different environments within a hospital that require shielding from electrostatic discharges (ESD) for the protection of patients, staff, and equipment.

Guarding against poor air quality and its impact

Steve Charlton, Technical manager at Barkell Air Handling Units, considers the impact of air pollution on indoor healthcare environments, and particularly primary and secondary healthcare settings.

Accurate design and sizing crucial for ‘healthy’ AHUs

The way that air-handling units (AHUs) are designed and deployed will play a major part in the UK’s concerted drive to improve the health and wellbeing of building occupants, argues James Henley, Product Development manager at Daikin Applied UK.

Achieving inclusivity for all in healthcare environments

Eryl Jones, of the Assa Abloy Door Hardware Group, discusses the key issues that decision-makers and facilities managers need to be aware of when it comes to inclusive design for healthcare buildings, the critical considerations for

Dividing screens’ success atSandwell Hospital

Ben Cohen, Building Services Now, explains how the BSN team worked collaboratively with Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust in response to COVID-19, by providing alterations and improvements to the existing facilities to help segregate patients.

Re-evaluating healthcare design post-pandemic

Since September 2019, when the Government announced funding for a major hospital building programme, Trusts throughout the UK have outlined strategic cases for redevelopment projects.

Oxygen concentrator helps meet surge indemand

In March, with the coronavirus pandemic ramping up, Charing Cross Hospital found its existing oxygen VIE was beginning to struggle to meet demand.

Software accurately models ‘real-world’ performance

A software system which helps heating and cooling system designers make more accurate engineering calculations using ‘dynamic simulation’ to show how their installation will perform under ‘real-world’ conditions has been deployed at an Essex hospital

Teamwork and commitment have made the difference

Anyone working in healthcare has their own experience from the COVID-19 outbreak, and especially its peak, but what was it like for those working behind the clinical care frontline in facilities management?

New-build or refurbish in the healthcare sector?

The post-virus world sets immense challenges for every aspect of the healthcare estate, particularly in the creation of modern facilities which are fit-for purpose to accommodate the latest technology and practices.

Better training pathway for decontamination engineers

With the advancement of technologies, and the need for greater accountability, John Prendergast, senior Decontamination engineer, , discusses the current training systems for engineers working on equipment used to decontaminate medical devices.

Insulation monitoring brings safety and cost-savings

An in-depth look at the importance of insulation monitoring in protecting both medical staff and patients in operating theatres and other Group II medical facilities.

Building in landscape for a more ‘natural’ experience

The Landscape director at architects BDP’s Bristol studio considers some of the most effective ways to build access to nature into hospital design to aid recovery and wellbeing, and explains how this was accomplished at two high-profile new hospitals

Designing more resilient hospitals for the future

With the coronavirus pandemic seeing the rapid construction of an emergency hospital in Wuhan, Burkhard Musselmann, Managing Principal and healthcare architect at Stantec, and Maria Ionescu, senior healthcare architect, discuss 'what we've learned.

Ensuring the best UPS system performance

Alex Emms, Operations director at Kohler Uninterruptible Power, highlights some of the key priorities for healthcare engineering teams to consider to ensure that hospitals and other healthcare facilities have safe, efficient, and compliant UPS system

Facility engineered ‘through the eyes of a patient’

Thomas Rodger, MEng MIET, at AECOM, describes the critical first 48 hours of work converting a conference venue into Glasgow’s COVID-19 hospital, NHS Louisa Jordan, and how he believes the experience can bring about positive change in future projects

Design challenges for one of Europe’s tallest lab buildings

The newest addition to Imperial College London’s White City campus, The Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Hub, is one of Europe’s tallest laboratory buildings. Buro Happold, the project’s consultant, describes the design challenges.

Adopting a military model is secret to Avensys’ success

An Army-trained engineer who is CEO of biomedical equipment engineering services specialist, Avensys, believes many NHS EBME departments are under-resourced and undervalued. Consequently many may be over-reliant on OEMs for equipment maintenance.

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Upcoming Events

Facilities Show 2021

ExCel London One Western Gateway Royal Victoria Dock London UK E16 1XL
18th-20th May 2021

Healthcare Estates 2021

Manchester Central, Petersfield, M2 3GX
19th - 20th October

IHEEM Dublin 2021

Croke Park, Jones' Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3, Ireland
1st - 2nd November 2021