New Fire Door Maintenance Guide

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.

Italian-made grab rails with antimicrobial protection now available in UK

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’.

A ‘system thinking’ approach to wastewater treatment

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.

LST radiators for refurbished cancer ward

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.

Effective disinfection of sensitive areas

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’.

Stainless steel WC now in a white finish

British manufacturer, Pland Stainless, has introduced a new white powder coated version of its ‘popular’ Atlanta 2 back-to-wall WC pan.

Portable Appliance Testing simplified

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.

Floorcare expert’s new colour-coded brushes

Global floorcare manufacturer and supplier, Truvox International, has extended its ‘popular and versatile’ Multiwash scrubber-dryer range with the launch of new coloured brushes

Upgrade on ‘live’ nurse call system finished ahead of schedule

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 claims to have ‘world’s quickest’ on-site Legionella test

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.

Children supported by beach-themed inclusive washroom

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.

NHS Trusts ‘owed thousands’ in energy bill refunds

Inenco is urging organisations across the NHS to check whether they are being overcharged or paying ‘erroneous charges’ on their utility bills.

Dramatic ceilings for Royal College’s new London HQ

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.

Architects engaged in design of therapeutic headwall

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.

NHS Trusts could reduce energy costs by 15%, Inenco says

Energy consultancy, Inenco, is urging NHS Trusts to ‘re-think their approach’ to energy buying to reduce costs and mitigate against rising prices.

Fulton’s VSRT steam boiler’s ‘world-first’ design

Launched in 2018, Fulton’s VSRT steam boiler is described by the company as ‘unlike anything the industry has seen before’.

Bringing dialysis to Irish communities

Medstor has provided essential healthcare materials handling and management solutions for Ireland’s first purpose-built haemodialysis clinic, in County Wexford.

Pressure-balancing mixer for healthcare

Delabie has launched a new pressurebalancing mixer – available with 200 mm and 150 mm centres – which it says ‘is ideal’ for public areas in healthcare facilities, and provides a mechanical alternative to its successful Securitherm thermostatic mixer.

Tuneable bedhead luminaire promotes comfort and healing

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.”

Acrovyn by Design brings art into wards at new RNOH Stanmore Building

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’.

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