The cost-of-living crisis is a household issue for the NHS

The increase in the UK cost of living has placed unprecedented pressure on operating budgets for NHS facilities and service-providers alike. An associate director at Archus outlines the ways NHS Estates and Facilities teams can address inflationary pressures, and protect service delivery standards, while maintaining the principles of partnership and social value.

‘State-of-the-art’ equipment for new Merlin Park theatres

Two new elective orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway have been equipped with Bender’s ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment, in a turnkey ‘supply and install’ project.

Glasgow Net Zero hub will boost local regeneration

Parkhead Health & Care Centre, under construction in Glasgow, will become Scotland’s first working Net Zero carbon health and social care facility, improving the lives of some 200,000 people.

Six decades of changing practice and thinking

Leading microbiologists from the Central Sterilising Club look back at some of the key developments in surgical instrument decontamination over the past six decades.

A ‘decade for delivery’ on carbon reduction in focus

The CEO of the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland on the drive to reduce the carbon footprint of the country’s public sector healthcare estate.

Irish public sector’s duty to ‘lead by example’

Dean Sullivan, Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at Ireland’s Health Service Executive, stresses the importance of the public sector taking a lead in the drive toward Net Zero.

‘Pay-per-use’ EWD upgrade for Great Western

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to Wassenburg’s pay-per-use scheme in replacing four endoscope washer-disinfectors (EWDs).

‘Gaps in intelligent data management’ addressed

How a provider of software, consultancy, training, support, and IT and document management solutions, helped the Digital Innovation and Strategic Estates teams at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust ‘kick off their BIM journey’, and improve the data collection process.

Importance of ‘competence’ cannot be under-estimated

Matt Morse, a specialist in Legionella control and water treatment, discusses ‘competence’, with a particular focus on Legionella control, what the term signifies, how it can be measured, and why it is so important in a patient safety-critical field.

Achieving a better gender balance in healthcare FM

Rina Pandya, head of People Transformation and Culture at NHS Property Services, discusses the importance of promoting the success of women in healthcare estates and facilities management – traditionally a male-dominated sector.

The ‘science’ of effective cleaning in focus

The risks posed to patients from pathogens found in hospital environments, and the need for those tasked with cleaning them to be adequately trained, and equipped with the latest technology, are highlighted by Dr Mark Garvey, consultant clinical scientist in Microbiology.

Ireland’s largest healthcare project progressing well

Bobby Conroy, Architect director at BDP’s Dublin studio, describes how the design of Ireland’s New Children’s Hospital has been developed around a ‘child and family-centred identity’, and explains how standardisation and digital technology have played a central role in the delivery of the project.

A focus on how standards evolve and their impact

At IHEEM’s 2022 Authorising Engineers conference, Brian Kirk, from the Institute’s Decontamination Technical Platform, and Paul Harris, Chair of the IHEEM Electrical Technical Platform, looked at the evolution of standards within healthcare engineering and estate management.

Young engineers impress with vision and teamwork

The Final of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s national Faraday Challenge – an annual competition to encourage more youngsters to study and consider STEM careers – took place at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in June, with IHEEM as the year’s ‘theme partner’.

Replacements for lead may pose different risks

A look by Australian academics and a plumbing and safety equipment specialist at some of the risks to hospital plumbing systems from both lead contamination and the build-up and spread of opportunistic waterborne pathogens

Investigating the benefits of UV airstream disinfection

Gregor Riese of the Opira Group discusses the effectiveness of ultraviolet airstream disinfection in healthcare facilities, drawing on a study at a hospital in Pennsylvania which demonstrated a more than 90% reduction in airborne and surface pathogen levels in UV-treated zones compared with non-UV treated zones.

COVER STORY: Lives depend on good emergency lighting

The importance of your emergency lighting system should not be underestimated. Simply put, lives depend on it – but how can you be sure your system will perform when it’s most needed?

Fast-paced Portsmouth project finished in 28 weeks

Modular building provider, Wernick, has completed a new 72-bed building at Queen Alexandra Hospital for Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust. Providing urgently needed treatment and recovery areas, the £8.2 m building took just 28 weeks to complete, from design to handover.

COVID transforms thinking on hospital cleanliness

Maintaining hygiene in hospitals has never been a higher priority, due to COVID-19. Fortunately, there are a number of technologies that are helping medical staff fight back against infectious agents and help safeguard against future global pandemics, explains John Chewins, director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Bioquell.

Complex build challenges for London PBT facility

Edward Williams of Edward Williams Architects, and Sheila Carney, director of Scott Tallon Walker Architects, discuss designing the NHS in England’s second proton beam therapy centre, for University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in a central London location – close to existing infrastructure such as ‘tube’ lines – and explain how the major challenges were overcome.

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