RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

A ‘Nightingale’ hospital with a difference completed

The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Exeter was the last of the eight Nightingale UK hospitals to be built. Writing exclusively for HEJ, project manager Andy Witnall, from contractor BAM, explains why it is different to others.

Staying agile and flexible in the face of new challenges

In this ‘question and answer’-style article, Adrian Powell, head of Property Development at NHS Property Services, discusses future NHSPS and wider NHS estates optimisation strategy ‘post-COVID-19’ with HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie.

Understanding the risks of pathogen aspiration

Elaine Waggott, director of Operations for Angel Guard and Water Kinetics, and a former head of the Business Development team for Ideal Standard/Armitage Shanks, discusses some of the key risks posed by aerosol transmission of harmful pathogens.

Engineering interventions’ contribution highlighted

IHEEM was among the professional engineering bodies to contribute to a ‘Rapid Review of engineering factors that will influence the spread of COVID-19 in hospital environments’ earlier this year, the results of which were unveiled in June by the RAE.

Finding smarter ways to manage energy sustainably

Many NHS Trusts have taken advantage of distributed energy technologies to reduce energy costs, improve sustainability, and improve resilience. Few, however, are making the most of newer opportunities to fully optimise their energy.

Staff go ‘above and beyond’ in their efforts to contribute

This year’s coronavirus outbreak has seen many organisations in the healthcare sphere turn their hand to non- ‘run-of-the’ mill activity as part of the wider UK effort to tackle the virus.

Lessons from pandemic must inform future practice

Stuart Skinner, senior Product manager at Rada, looks at what can be learnt from the initial response to COVID-19, and how those learnings can inform the role that infection control plays in the very fabric of our healthcare infrastructure.

London Nightingale project: team spirit ‘shone through’

Eugene Conroy CEng, FIHEEM, MIET, managing director of consulting engineers, Eta Projects, reports on the personal experiences of the professional team in the delivery of the NHS Nightingale Hospital London.

‘Extremely complex’ plant installation at ‘supercentre'

The creation of a decontamination ‘supercentre’ for the Royal Free which is enabling it to decontaminate and sterilise more efficiently under one roof, and also to take on work from other Trusts, required an ‘extremely complex’ plant installation.

Monitoring vaccine temperatures effectively

As efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine continue, keyc onsiderations emerge with regards to the vaccine cold chain throughout mass distribution.

Resilience and capacity boosted at Newcastle’s RVI

A look at the major upgrade of the HV and LV electrical infrastructure at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), which took over a year in planning, and a further 18 months’ work to complete.

Facilitating the clinician’s ‘real life-saving work

Michael Brown, a Biomedical Services Technician based at Christchurch Public Hospital, , discusses his day-to-day job, and the important role such engineering personnel play in enabling clinicians to do ‘the real-life-saving work’.

Cutting energy consumption and enhancing comfort

Ann Vandycke, an architect and the head of the Technical Department at Belgian care organisation, Mintus, examines some of the latest innovations in building technologies.

Simple designs and low maintenance prioritised

Access to a safe water supply is critical in healthcare environments, and complying with the Department of Health and Social Care’s Technical Memorandum, HTM 04-01, is crucial for estates and facilities managers, suppliers, and NHS management teams.

Delivering projects efficiently with minimal disruption

Jonathan Baillie, recently spoke to David Hartley, managing director at MTX Contracts, about how modern methods of construction have become increasingly popular for a variety of healthcare buildings in recent years.

Challenges of maintaining a pest-free hospital

David Cross, head of the Technical Training Academy at Rentokil Pest Control, and Paul Casson, Technical field manager at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene, look at some of the pest control challenges facing healthcare estates teams, and how to meet them.

Up-to-date standards key when choosing disinfectants

Dr Tim Sandle, discusses why the most up-to-date standards, known as European Norms (EN), should always be considered when selecting cleaning and disinfection products for use in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Antibacterial efficacy of silver in hoses proven in study

Antibacterial hoses incorporating a silver-based bacteriostatic additive were shown to significantly outperform additive free control hoses in reducing mean aerobic bacterial counts of Pseudomonas aeruginosa after 8-12 weeks.

Newcastle Trust ‘leads way’ on climate change action

Last summer The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, became the world’s first healthcare organisation to declare a Climate Emergency.

Shielding from COVID-19 in community pharmacies

As the coronavirus spreads, so our understanding grows that those providing health services must be protected from contracting the virus at their places of work – a pharmacy being no exception.

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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