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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’.

Aligning the health system with tomorrow’s world

With the NHS celebrating its 75th anniversary earlier this year, two senior Arcadis personnel look back at some of the major changes in healthcare provision and buildings, and forward to the key steps – including increasing digitalisation, and ‘embedding healthcare deeper into the fabric of communities’ – they believe will help ensure a resilient service.

How healthcare estates can reach Net Zero

Many healthcare estates are ageing, and in some cases lagging behind those in other sectors on sustainability. Does support go far enough for these estates to upgrade and adopt low carbon energy solutions considering the UK’s ambitious 2050 carbon targets?

An evening of celebration in a momentous year

A gala dinner on 10 October at Manchester’s Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, attended by some 630 guests, saw the presentation of 12 Healthcare Estates IHEEM Awards celebrating excellence and innovation, and this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

A complex installation at Buenos Aires hospital

Maria Julia Souto of AFS Arquitectos in Buenos Aires, Argentina, discusses the challenges of integrating sophisticated information management technology in prefabricated modular operating theatres at the city’s Hospital Alemán.

Key steps for infection-free, energy-efficient buildings

Josiah Padget, Lead consultant and Healthcare manager of CETEC Pty in Australia, highlights some of the key ventilation, building fabric, and airflow requirements to minimise the risk of infection in hospitals and other healthcare environments, while maximising energy efficiency and thus reducing energy costs.

Grove View ‘embodies the concept of placemaking’

In an era where quality healthcare and integrated health and care services are of paramount importance, Willmott Dixon’s latest healthcare hub, Grove View in Dunstable, delivered with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Partnership (ICP), emerges as a shining example of innovation and excellence, says Anastasia Chyrsafi, Strategic Framework manager (Health). Here she explains how the new facility harnesses Cura – a suite of pre-designed modules which can be assembled into healthcare buildings ‘to suit the unique needs of each community’.

A risk-based approach supported by guidance

Head of Estates Risk and Environment at Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, George McCracken, Susanne Lee of public microbiology consultancy, Leegionella, Consultant Medical Microbiologist, Dr Michael Weinbren, former Public Health England microbiologist, Dr Jimmy Walker, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Manjula Meda, and Consultant Medical Microbiologist at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Dr Teresa Inkster, discuss the role of derogations, and how guidance should be perceived and used to ensure healthcare facilities’ safe design, construction, and commissioning.

NTM – How do we mitigate against it and control it?

Karina Jones of Eta Projects, an IHEEM-registered Authorising Engineer (Water), takes a look at some of the health risks from growth and proliferation of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria – which she explains are ‘ubiquitous in the environment’ – and some of the key steps to lower them, and thus reduce the chances of infection.

Infrastructure implications of installing a Gamma Knife

Ian Paddick, a Consultant Physicist at specialist in radiation oncology, Amethyst Radiotherapy, discusses some of the challenges, practicalities, design considerations, and logistics, of installing a Gamma Knife radiosurgery machine into medical facilities, with a particular focus on the Queen Square Radiosurgery Centre within the University College Hospital in central London.

Heat pumps can be key to a ‘decarbonised’ future

Michael Anderton, General manager, UK & I, of HVAC Building Solutions at Johnson Controls, says that against the backdrop of the NHS drive toward a Net Zero health service, heat pumps could have a key role as a primary source of generation in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, replacing fossil fuel boilers in the generation of heat.

How offsite construction can help alleviate NHS pressure

James Withey, managing director of Algeco, a long-established brand in the European modular services and infrastructure industry, looks at how offsite construction and modular buildings for hire can play a leading role in improving the UK’s existing healthcare estate – where a number of buildings are now ageing and in less than ideal condition.

Installing a fit-for-purpose emergency lighting system

In this ‘Q&A’-style article, Martin Green, Commercial Training and Support manager at Hochiki Europe, discusses some of the key questions that health estates and facilities teams, hospital building owners, and responsible persons within the healthcare sector, need to ask to ensure the safe and compliant installation of emergency lighting.

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Wales regional conference, exhibition and awards dinner 2024

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8th-9th October 2024

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