RECENT PRODUCT NEWS
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.
Geberit and Twyford have launched a new brochure – ‘Everything Healthcare’ – revealing the company’s unique understanding of the healthcare industry, and its capability to provide the perfect all-round piping and sanitaryware solution to the sector.
Located within Glan Clwyd Hospital, a new £18m Sub-Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Centre (SuRNICC) provides care for premature and sick new-born babies from across North Wales.
Tandrup, the manufacturer of the T-Safe filter shower, says it is ‘now in the unique position’ of being able to provide healthcare estates teams with ‘the full spectrum of shower head and hose compliance management solutions’, with its extended T-Safe Hygiene Shower range.
Static Systems says that, ‘with a high level of inpatient falls continuing to challenge the NHS’, the new bed exit alert to its Lnx wireless connectivity system will help alert staff ‘within the shortest possible time’ that a patient has left their bed.
Brandon Medical has launched a range of ‘smart, digital solutions’ for embedding in medical and electrical devices to allow automated testing and data collection, to ‘support and empower engineers to mitigate major electrical risks’. Once embedded, the ‘digital solutions’ can be read by engineers via Brandon’s Medicontrol Intelligent Theatre Control Panels, a building energy management system, or stored ‘in a cloud’. The i2i digital solutions were developed by the company’s R&D team in Leeds. Mobile device applications have been designed to give engineers immediate access to readings.
A ‘badly needed’ refurbishment of the communal area at Shooting Star Children’s Hospices’ Shooting Star House hospice in Hampton has seen Zip Water UK supply one of its Zip HydroTap Arcs to provide filtered boiling and chilled water instantly. The drinking water systems manufacturer was asked to supply the Hydro Tap by design and fit-out specialist Area, which undertook the ‘refurb’ of the ‘tired and dated’ communal area.