RECENT PRODUCT NEWS
According to Brandon Medical, ‘the operating theatre has been dramatically changed’ – minimally invasive surgery means more equipment has to be integrated and controlled, with a need for complex audio-video solutions required, and, of course, the associated medical IT, UPS systems, gases, and specialised carts.
With fire doors critical to the safety of healthcare buildings – as they help prevent or delay the spread of fire and smoke, and provide staff and patients with time to evacuate to a safe area – the latest guide from Construction Specialties explains how to maintain fire doors to ensure their continuous, reliable performance.
Intastop can now offer UK healthcare customers an Italian-made range of grab rails with antimicrobial protection and ‘anti-slip credentials’. The Tubocolor grab rails from Ponte Giulio are ‘warm-to-the-touch’, and have ‘a non-slip, yet smooth’ finish. Intastop says they ‘bring a new dimension of safety and infection control to more elements of building interior specification, in both new build projects and refurbishments’.
Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) describes its new Aquavista Plant system as ‘the future of real-time monitoring’. The ‘suite of digital solutions to help water treatment and water management professionals respond to environmental, compliance, and market challenges’ has already been successfully implemented on a number of projects across Europe.
Seventy-five Zehnder low surface temperature (LST) radiators in various sizes have been fitted as part of a scheduled refurbishment of an existing cancer ward at Withybush Hospital in Havefordwest into a modern, 18-bed haematology, oncology, and complex palliative care unit. Once £3.15 m in funding was received by the Hywel Dda University Health Board from the Welsh Government, and plans for the project had been approved by the Board in September 2017, work on the refurbishment began in 2018. The ward is expected to be completed early this year. The Health Board says the refurbished Ward 10 will offer ‘a calm, welcoming and safe environment’ for cancer patients with complex palliative needs, those suffering from sepsis, and those requiring isolation.
MAT FM can now offer hydrogen peroxide decontamination of operating theatres, recovery areas, critical care, sterile services, aseptic suites, cleanrooms, and containment laboratories. The process can be undertaken by MAT’s trained service engineers prior to handover of a completed new-build or refurbishment project, as part of a regular periodic maintenance proposition, or as an emergency call-out. The system reportedly kills ‘at least 99.99% of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mould, and offers outstanding support to any infection prevention and hygiene regime’.
Martindale Electric’s new HPAT Series of portable appliance testers now includes the HPAT400 and updates to the company’s existing range, to enable both contractors and competent inhouse personnel to quickly and safely verify the electrical safety of all types of appliances.
Static Systems Group has completed a ‘live’ site-wide upgrade to the nurse call system at Queen’s Hospital in Burton for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust in just over three years, rather than the anticipated 4-5 years. Queen’s Hospital, an acute 450-bedded hospital serving around 360,000 residents of Burton upon Trent and the surrounding areas, had over 40 existing nurse call systems, including conventionally wired Static Systems equipment in place for some 25 years. With much of the equipment becoming obsolete, maintenance costs rising, and equipment failure increasing, the Trust recognised the need for a complete system upgrade.
Clearwater Technology has launched HC Rapid25, an on-site Legionella testing device that it says will detect Legionella ‘in just 25 minutes’, instead of the current ‘typical’ 10-12 days. The nationwide provider of water, air, and hygiene management confirms that the new technology will be used in all the regular water tank inspections and Legionella risk assessments it undertakes that include a water tank as part of the assessment.
Armitage Shanks has worked with Royal Preston Hospital to create an inclusive new children’s washroom for the hospital’s paediatrics ward featuring a sunny beach theme, to put the children being cared for, and those around them, at ease.
Inenco is urging organisations across the NHS to check whether they are being overcharged or paying ‘erroneous charges’ on their utility bills.
The Royal College of Pathologists’ new £15 m headquarters in London features one of Hunter Douglas Architectural’s dramatic Luxalon ceilings, ‘adding a sense of drama’ to the both the exterior and interior of the ‘spectacular new space’. The ‘purpose-built, environmentally friendly’ new facility in Alie Street is an eight-storey, 4,500 m2 building designed by award-winning architects, Bennetts Associates. It marks the final step in the College’s move from a Grade I-listed building in St James’s to contemporary, purpose-built premises. The headquarters, shortlisted for the 2019 RIBA London Award, is described as ‘a flexible and environmentally efficient building’ that will enable the College to represent its growing membership, advance its research, and provide public education services and programming.
Static Systems Group’s latest bedhead services trunking solution, Vistr Headwall, has been designed specifically to help create a therapeutic healthcare environment conducive to patient wellbeing and a speedy recovery.
Energy consultancy, Inenco, is urging NHS Trusts to ‘re-think their approach’ to energy buying to reduce costs and mitigate against rising prices.