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COVID’s lessons highlight the need for flexible primary care

Sarah Beaumont-Smith, CEO of Fulcrum Infrastructure Group, highlights the impressive way the primary care estate ‘flexed’ and demonstrated its adaptability during, and in the wake of, the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that ‘what was done at great speed and out of necessity’ has ‘helped to change the mindset’ of how capacity in the primary care estate could be used over the longer term.

HOCl-based system aiming to reduce airborne infection

Dr Thomas Bone-Winkel, founder and CEO of oji Europe, explains the potential impact the company believes its hypochlorous acid-based oji active air system could have in eradicating harmful airborne pathogens in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and thus significantly reducing the chances of infection for patients, staff, and visitors

Delivering the right lighting where it’s needed

Whitecroft Lighting has been lighting UK healthcare for nearly 80 years, with Healthcare Sales director, Karen Bramman, at the forefront since 2001. Much has changed over two decades, and here she shares how Whitecroft tries to stay one step ahead of ‘a market in perpetual motion’

Ensuring that specifications actually ‘work’ on site

John McKinlay, Brand manager at CS Medical – a specialist manufacturer and supplier of IPS and medical sanitaryware, washroom components, and furniture for medical use – considers the benefits of, and optimal approach for, specifying and installing IPS pre-plumbed assemblies for healthcare facilities

Meeting the new energy efficiency regulations

Over the course of 2022, key updates are being introduced to the Building Regulations in England, Scotland, and Wales. These changes will mean that both new-build and refurbishment projects will need to meet tougher requirements. Jonathan Ducker, head of Regulatory Affairs at Kingspan Insulation GB, discusses the key changes being introduced this year for energy performance.

Flexible healthcare models for sub-Saharan Africa

Polly Barker, director and Healthcare lead at independent architectural, design, and planning practice, tp bennett, discusses how, over the past 11 years, the business has worked on a number of hospitals across sub-Saharan Africa for NMS Infrastructure, ‘developing a flexible, adaptable, and low-impact model for delivering much-needed district and clinic hospitals across several countries’.

Mitigating uncertainty and risk on a complex ‘refurb

Healthcare architect and consultant, Efthimia Pantzartzis, and Nikolaos Pantzartzis, a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in complex public schemes, both of Studio di Ingegneria e Architettura Pantzartzis in Bari in Italy, discuss a recent project to comprehensively refurbish the Surgical Block at San Paolo Hospital in Puglia. They also set out some of the lessons learned on how to successfully undertake such a project amid the constraints and challenges posed by an unexpected event – in this case the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Pioneering’ UV-C system at Maidstone Hospital

A ‘pioneering trial’ at Maidstone Hospital in Kent has demonstrated the effectiveness of UV-C ventilation against bacteria and viruses in a clinical setting, together with the technology’s ability to enable significant energy-savings. Barry Paterson, director of Midtherm UV, a West Midlands manufacturer of UV-C air sanitisation products, reports.

Simple water-saving tech offering significant impact

It is often overlooked that water conservation, in all its forms, can reduce expenditure within the healthcare environment, and cut carbon emissions via the mechanisms used throughout the water supply process. Adrian Hibbert, a Commercial and Specification manager at leading UK toilet solutions and water management manufacturer, Fluidmaster UK, discusses some of the options for water saving through specification of more efficient flushing and filling toilet solutions.

Key elements to create a ‘home away from home’

Abigail Katovsky, Associate, and Britni Stone, Senior Associate, at NBBJ, discuss some of the most important elements when seeking to make hospital environments feel more homely, comfortable, and noninstitutional, and the significant impact this can have on patient recovery.

Managing the risk of P. aeruginosa in healthcare

Reducing the risk of Legionella is hard-wired in healthcare facilities, but recently attention has turned to another waterborne pathogen – Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to Public Health England,1 in the year to March 2021, 39% of P. aeruginosa cases originated in healthcare, exacerbated by the increase in hospital admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tips for Estates managers dealing with PFI handback

As some of the first healthcare PFI contracts near their end, Lisa Barnes, a Partner at construction and property consultancy, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) UK, and a specialist advisor in PFI, discusses a number of key aspects of the ‘handback’ journey that Trusts’ Estates managers need to consider.

Expert guidance on the optimal sterilisation process

IHEEM-registered AE (D), Dr Brian Kirk, explains the importance of using validated sterilisation processes to produce sterile single or multi-use medical devices such as re-usable metal surgical instruments, and the internationally agreed standards covering the sterilisation process and steriliser equipment. He considers both high and low temperature processes, and the key considerations when investing in sterilisation technology, and when faced with the challenge of a new medical device which requires sterilisation.

Professionals come together to tackle infection control

In the context of the recent update to British Standard (BS) 8580-2: Risk assessments for Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other waterborne pathogens, Armitage Shanks recently brought together in London experts from across the healthcare sector to discuss what the changes mean in practice, and the role of the multidisciplinary team in preventing and responding to waterborne pathogens. Anil Madan, UK Non Residential Marketing manager for Ideal Standard and Armitage Shanks, reports.

Ensuring a long life for the future’s healthcare buildings

The second day’s second keynote speaker at IHEEM’s joint Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland conference in Dublin was Brendan Smyth, Director of Health Projects within the Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD) Department, Northern Ireland.

Mapping a path to Net Zero for Northern Ireland

Erin Savage, Head of the Energy Strategy Team within Northern Ireland’s Department for the Economy, gave the first keynote presentation on the second day of IHEEM’s joint Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland conference in Dublin. She used her talk to discuss Northern Ireland’s recently published new energy strategy, Path to Net Zero Energy, its key themes, and the key short, medium, and longer-term objectives enshrined in it.

Creating a roadmap for more automated surgery

Colin Dobbyne, operating theatre control system designer, examines the IoT technology that could modernise operating theatres to become ‘part of an active collaborative support system’.

Badly maintained buildings can be a risk for all

David Jones, from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, argues that more thought must be given to the potential risk to patients, staff, and visitors from hospital buildings that are neither ‘sound’, nor ‘operationally safe’.

Designing for accessibility and a healing environment

Healthcare facilities have complex and stringent design requirements. With specification of interior finishes key, the UK Sales manager at Construction Specialties UK considers some of the main design considerations and legislative requirements.

Healthcare at the heart of local communities

As high streets decline, empty premises result in lower footfall for neighbouring businesses. But many hospitals are full, with little means to physically expand. A recent webinar presented by Health Spaces explored a potential solution.

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