RECENT PRODUCT NEWS
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.
A new single-piece low profile bedhead luminaire, Florence+, has just been launched by Whitecroft Lighting The company explained: “The newly designed luminaire comes off the back of years of healthcare sector experience. Florence+ is an elegant low-profile design bedhead luminaire for wall mounting in healthcare environments.”
A new four-storey building at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore which includes a children’s / young people’s ward, two adult acute wards and a private ward, play areas with a children’s activity centre, and a 15 m high reception and waiting atrium, ‘combines the latest health technology with architectural design and contemporary art to create colourful, welcoming patient and staff spaces’.
Water quality monitoring expert, Hevasure, has launched a new compact, wall-mounted version of what it claims is its ‘industry-leading’ water monitoring system, ‘providing easy installation in a wider variety of locations’. All hardware, including sensors and data acquisition system, is enclosed in a high quality, dust-proof steel casing. The new unit also includes optional UPS battery back-up, which can provide power for up to 48 hours if there is a loss of mains electricity.
Bioquell says its new Bioquell ProteQ mobile room bio-decontamination system offers ‘a cost-effective and high performance’ means of automatically decontaminating critical areas, including biopharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, GMP/GLP and bio-safety laboratories, animal facilities, and cleanrooms. The compact machine utilises the company’s 35% hydrogen peroxide vapour, with ‘a modular, upgradeable design for a more configurable pricing structure’. Developed as ‘the next generation’ of the company’s previous mobile room decontamination offering, the Bioquell Z-2, the Bioquell ProteQ incorporates powerful distribution technology for reduced cycle times, with more efficient use of Bioquell’s approved 35% hydrogen peroxide vapour, and less need for additional standalone distribution fans. It offers new wireless functionality which can network multiple units, improving set-up times, and ‘making it ideal for areas of any size’. For GMP applications or frequently decontaminated areas, the Bioquell ProteQ carries out an automated decontamination cycle to parameters defined during a documented gas cycle development. For non-GMP areas and emergency deployment, an updated algorithm delivers an automated 6-log decontamination cycle based on inputted room volume and monitored environmental conditions.
Polyflor’s Expona Commercial and Polysafe Arena flooring ranges were recently chosen or use on a project involving the expansion of InHealth’s community endoscopy service in Oxfordshire, with the opening of an additional ‘state-of-the-art’ Community Health Clinic in Bicester.
In hot water supplies, the use of use of unvented cylinders in hot water supplies is very common, and expansion tanks are often the preferred method to take up thermal expansion. One potential problem that can arise, however, is when the expansion tank is sited incorrectly, resulting in a ‘deadleg’, and a possible microbial problem.
Viega has extended what it dubs its ‘market-leading’ Megapress S range with press connections for pipe sizes between 3/8 and 2 inch diameter. Part of the ‘industry-first’ Megapress range of press connections for thick-walled steel tube, Megapress S features a FKM sealing element, and has been engineered for high temperature applications up to 140 °C and pressures up to 16 bar.
Forbo Flooring Systems has ‘refreshed’ its Flotex Colour collection with the addition of a new design and format, as well as ‘an array of new colours’ that it says are ‘inspired by the moods and illuminating and spectral shades of cities around the world’.
Venesta’s Vepps pre-plumbed sanitaryware – reportedly the sector’s first precision engineered pre-plumbed panelling system with a click-fix assembly into an aluminium frame – has been extensively used throughout two new short-stay inpatient wards at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.