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MTX appointed to new £10 bn Offsite Construction Solutions framework

Modern Methods of Construction specialist, MTX, has been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s Offsite Construction Solutions Framework, which ‘broadens the pre-manufactured building solution provision currently available to public sector buyers through CCS agreements’.

Test can identify respiratory viruses ‘within five minutes’ from single swab

Nicolas Shiaelis and Dr Nicole Robb, Oxford University scientists, and co-founders of health tech company, Pictura Bio, have developed what they describe as ‘a world-first diagnostic test, powered by Artificial Intelligence’, that can identify known respiratory viruses such as influenza and COVID-19 within five minutes from a single nasal or throat swab.

Sodexo team’s fund-raising supports children’s heart surgery in Palestine

Sodexo’s team at Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital has raised £6,000 for a life-saving mission organised by Leicester charity, Healing Little Hearts, to fund a team of medical professionals to travel to the An-Najah University Hospital in Nablus in Palestine to perform free heart surgery on five seriously ill children.

BESA President calls for ‘crisis engineering’

The UK should look to its engineering community for solutions to many of the serious social and economic challenges it is facing, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

COVER STORY: Vertical bed storage system wins ‘Best Furniture & Fixtures Product’ award

Medescon, which has helped hospitals with their bed storage issues since 2015, was awarded the ‘Best Furniture & Fixtures Product 2022’ award at December’s Building Better Healthcare Awards 2022.

David Bailey’s new MD to implement five-year lean manufacturing plan

Tony Huggins has been appointed as managing director of David Bailey Furniture, which claims to be ‘the country’s fastest-growing manufacturer of specialist furniture products for the healthcare sector, schools, medical, and veterinary centres’.

First phase of elective surgical hub completed on the Wirral

The first phase of a new elective surgical hub built by MTX using fast-track modern Methods of Construction (MMC) has opened at the Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral.

Leicester hospitals’ long-term investment in calibration services pays dividends

Investment in calibration services is delivering benefits for University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which has harnessed Calibrationhouse’s expertise for over 10 years to calibrate of hundreds of items of specialist medical electrical test equipment.

UCLH launches far-reaching carbon reduction strategy

Following what it says was ‘the hottest summer on record’ in the capital last year, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) has launched a new carbon reduction strategy, ‘Critical Care For Our Climate’.

Gloucestershire Royal Tower Block gets major upgrade to reduce heat loss

Vital Energi is implementing a range of low-carbon energy solutions at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in an £11.2 m contract which it says will reduce Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s carbon footprint by approximately 1,400 tonnes annually, and deliver financial savings.

Webinar on 9 February will address managing the energy price challenge

No one can have failed to notice the impact of rising energy prices over the last year, and with NHS budgets already more stretched, dealing with the impact of energy prices at historic highs and the lack of budget certainty has become a major challenge. Next Thursday, 9 February 2023, from 2.00-3.00 pm, Health Estate Journal will be hosting a webinar with energy management and sustainability consultancy, Inenco, with the session – presented by head of Procurement, Stuart Lea, and head of New Business, Jordan Rassas – designed to help attendees better understand the dynamics of the energy market, and in particular:

Robotic dog’s surveillance capabilities on show at FM event

Visitors to The Innovation Lab 2023 event being hosted at Manchester Central on 23 February by Carlisle Support Services will be able to see, ‘on patrol’, Spot – a four-legged ‘dog-like robot’, with live demonstrations explaining ‘how robot dogs can assist with surveillance and security operations, while improving safety and efficiencies’.

University researchers cautious on remote healthcare’s benefits

New research from the University of Hertfordshire has shown that while delivering health services remotely ‘can be hugely beneficial to users’, there may be little to no financial saving – with some costing more than when conducted in-person.

'Tailored support at home’ for elderly and vulnerable people announced

'Tens of thousands' of elderly and vulnerable people will receive ‘tailored support at home’ as part of a new NHS plan to improve waiting times for emergency care, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Sam Perry returns to Bender UK in key role

Sam Parry has returned to Cumbria-headquartered Bender UK as the company’s Key Accounts and Clinical Sales manager. He explains that after three and a half years of working in healthcare sales for Europe, he was keen to return to the specialist in electrical safety, resilience, and power solutions to support its ‘substantial growth’ within the UK healthcare sector.

Work starts on new £5 m Shropshire medical practice

Regional contractor, Speller Metcalfe, has started work on the new £5 m Shifnal and Priorslee Medical Practice in Shropshire, which will house a number of healthcare specialists, and provide ‘state-of-the-art’ medical care, doctors’ offices, and a dentist.

Modular-built concept ward taking shape at Great Yarmouth facility

Health Spaces is working to build a new hospital ward at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston near Great Yarmouth for use both as a Concept Ward to trial principles related to the New Hospital Programme (NHP), and as decant ward while the Trust continues a programme of precautionary remedial works to the hospital roof in ward areas.

Modular ward at Barnstaple hospital delivered and operational in 21 weeks

Modular construction specialist, Wernick Buildings, has recently built, delivered, and installed, a new modular ward building at North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple in just 20 weeks form receipt of order.

Lottery grant will support restoration of Barts’ North Wing

Work to restore the Grade I listed buildings at the heart of Britain’s oldest hospital will begin this summer, thanks to a multi-million pound Lottery grant.

Indoor air specialist’s 100 per cent stake in damper manufacturer

Indoor air company, Halton Marine Oy, has become the 100% shareholder in the UK-based damper and fire damper designer and manufacturer, Flamgard Calidair.

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