Vaillant has introduced three new online CPD modules for built environment, professionals – including architects, M&E consultants, specifiers, and energy managers. ‘Decarbonisation of Heat & Low Carbon Technologies’, ‘Heating’s Dirty Little Secret’, and ‘Hydrogen: the role of green gas in the decarbonisation of heat’, have been designed to give participants an insight into system design best practice for modern heating technologies, and the role of low-carbon technologies in decarbonising heat in the future.
Independent healthcare waste management company, Anenta, has been appointed by NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) to oversee and manage the delivery of clinical waste logistics and disposal services to over 700 pharmacies across Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, and the Thames Valley. The appointment takes the number of pharmacies provided with Anenta’s waste management services in the South East region to over 1,500. Having – it says – saved the authority over £1.7m over the past two years through the implementation of its dedicated, online contract management platform ‘Vector’, Anenta will deploy its analytics and AI technology to identify waste service efficiencies and savings that can be made on behalf of the 700 recently onboarded pharmacies.
As a temporary power and temperature supplier to around 100 critical COVID-19 projects UK-wide, Aggreko says it has recently adapted its business to enable 50 per cent of its staff to deliver equipment ‘to remarkably tight deadlines’ on the ‘frontline’. Among the facilities the business is supplying are a number of temporary hospitals and mortuaries. Measures it has implemented ‘to help during such unprecedented times’ include offering 1,300 of its generators free of charge to COVID-19 testing sites, prioritising its fleet for critical sectors, and ‘putting its people first’. It said: “The dedication and camaraderie displayed by the engineers is ensuring we can to go above and beyond at this challenging time.”
With it having become increasingly important to control the spread of coronavirus by monitoring key symptoms, such as a fever, Cardiff-based multi-brand security equipment distributor, Oprema, and partner, video surveillance specialist, Dahua Technology, have donated a thermal imaging solution which can reportedly automatically detect a person’s temperature in under a second, without the need for personal contact, to reduce the risk to the key workers and patients undertaking manual monitoring at the Welsh capital’s University Hospital Llandough.
Specialist energy teams from Veolia have now extended the services they provide to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), with a wide-ranging programme of measures to be implemented under an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) expected to cut the Trust’s annual carbon emissions by 7,712 tonnes, provide £1.4 million in annual financial efficiencies, and ‘build long-term energy resilience, and make lasting enhancements to the patient care environment’.
MTX has begun onsite works to provide The Hillingdon Hospital with a 28-bed decant ward.
Industrial steam specialist, Spirax Sarco, has been machining a critical component part for use in the UCLVentura breathing aid, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device being used to provide potentially lifesaving oxygen to COVID-19 patients.
Mypower has designed and installed a 306-panel solar photovoltaic (PV) system for the roof of St. Catherine’s Health Centre in the Wirral, expected to afford operator, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a saving and income of £8,400 in the first year.
The 4 Medical IT Alliance has appointed Fulbourn Medical as the official supplier of its integrated operating room and video imaging, workflow management, and surgical display systems to hospitals in the UK and Ireland.
Medstor has recently installed specialist storage and materials management solutions as part of a major upgrade of the cytopathology department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s (NNUH) Cotman Centre, preparing it for its new role as one of eight laboratories across England responsible for implementing the amended NHS Cervical Screening Programme.
Software development ‘market-leader’, GlobalView Systems, has jointly developed with IHEEM (the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management) what the company dubs ‘innovative new software’ to help hospitals anywhere in the world manage the increasing need for oxygen as they battle with the COVID-19 emergency.
'Britain’s leading engineering brains' at Enginuity, (formerly Semta), an employer-led manufacturing and engineering skills body, with the support of the The Prince’s Trust, are 'harnessing the power of gaming' to identify talent via a non-academic route that the proponents say can ‘power the nation’s economic recovery when the lockdown is lifted’.
Supplier of turnkey operating theatre and power solutions, Bender UK, has appointed Ricky Barker – who been with the company for over 15 years – as the new head of its Hospital Business Unit. During his time with the Cumbria-headquartered firm, he has worked in a variety of healthcare engineering roles, including in commissioning and project management, and latterly as Technical Service leader. Bender UK says he has supported the steady growth and expansion of its Hospital Business Unit, for instance leading the Service Department, which the company says ‘has consistently gained more contracted work by offering complete service solutions for NHS and private medical customers, incorporating the maintenance of complementary third-party systems such as uninterruptible power supplies’.
Mitie, the FM and professional services company, is providing cleaning, catering, portering, security, and waste management services for NHS Wales’ new Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig (Dragon’s Heart Hospital) in Cardiff.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting increase in demand for its nurse call systems, healthcare communications and bedhead services specialist, Static Systems Group (SSG), has boosted production capacity at its manufacturing base near Wolverhampton, and invested in the rapid development of an off-the-shelf ‘wired’ nurse call solution.
ESGLI, the ESCMID (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases) Study Group for Legionella Infections, has recently published guidance designed to help personnel such as healthcare engineers and healthcare estates managers keep water systems safe during the current COVID-19 outbreak.