Deanestor completes £1.1 m furniture contract at new Royal Papworth Hospital

In its fifteenth healthcare project for Skanska to date, Deanestor, a leading UK contract furniture manufacturer for the healthcare sector, has completed a £1.1m contract for the supply and installation of furniture and fittings for over 1,600 rooms for the new Royal Papworth Hospital – a specialist heart and lung hospital.

5G’s benefits shown in ‘world-first’ opthalmic tele-examination

Consultant ophthalmologist and director of Digital Innovation at Moorfields Eye Hospital, Peter Thomas, and Iain Livingstone, consultant ophthalmologist and acute Tele-ophthalmology system lead from NHS Forth Valley in Scotland, have delivered what they say is the world’s first tele-examination of an eye in 4K resolution using 5G broadband, streamed live to a conference in Edinburgh.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ appoints ‘historic’ contractor to build new cancer wards

Four brand new cancer wards are being created for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – which has chosen a contractor – BAM Construction – that first worked at Guy’s Hospital 70 years ago in 1949.

Static Systems achieves ‘all-time productivity high’

Following a £300,000 investment in the latest surface mount component placement technology, IP nurse call, and fire and custodial alarm system manufacturer, Static Systems Group, says it has – for the first time – placed one million components in less than a month, significantly increasing previous manufacturing capabilities. The company’s existing machine, which itself provided ‘leading-edge technology’ when it was purchased 10 years ago, had reached the limit for the size of components it could place.

New Wallingford showroom opened by Delabie

Delabie, the water control and sanitaryware specialist, has opened a new showroom at its UK headquarters in Wallingford where it can showcase its range of taps, sinks, shower, other sanitaryware and accessories to its customers.

Work completed on £14 m University Hospital of North Tees Energy Centre

NG Bailey has completed work on a new £14m energy centre at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, marking what it dubs ‘a fundamental milestone in the site’s regeneration.

Free admission for healthcare estates apprentices at IHEEM’s 2019 flagship event

IHEEM (The Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management) is reminding those set to visit, or considering attending, its flagship annual conference and exhibition, Healthcare Estates 2019, in Manchester this year (the event takes place from 8-9 October at Manchester Central), that as part of its commitment to support apprentices in healthcare, attendance is free for any healthcare estates apprentice. This includes those undertaking adult apprenticeships.

Whittington Health unveils £4m Radiology Department

Managed service and maintenance provider, Althea, has completed a £4 m refurbishment and replacement project at Whittington Health NHS Trust’s Imaging Department on the third floor of the Whittington Hospital in north London.

£7m investment in new energy

BSI has launched a certification scheme and supporting training courses designed to help organisations develop, implement, and maintain, effective facilities management across all operations.

Extension to mobile theatre unit deployment in Dudley

Following the success of an initial contract, a medical technology specialist is set to continue to help an NHS hospital Trust deliver orthopaedic procedures during a refurbishment project.

Over 160 NHS leaders say a lack of investment’ is ‘putting patients at risk of harm’

A new survey released today by NHS Providers has found that 82% (161) of NHS Trust leaders think the current climate of restricted capital funding ‘poses a medium or high risk to patient safety’, and could undermine plans to transform the NHS.

Steel coating's anti-bacterial properties proven in university trial

Scientists at the University of Birmingham say they have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven in a trial to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections. Developed by University of Birmingham researchers, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company, NitroPep, the coating – also called NitroPep – has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

Reuse platform helps NHS Trust ‘smash competition’ to win award

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has – as it puts it – ‘smashed targets’, saving £242,681 in 19 months, and triumphing in the Reuse category of the NHS Sustainability Awards, with the help of the Warp It system that helps staff to reuse and recycle. Unwanted items have been donated to other Trust departments, and assets worth almost £5,000 claimed from other organisations on the network. These include ‘high-end’ sofas ‘smart enough to include in a new-build project’.

Contrac Lighting announces appointment of new MD

Contrac Lighting, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of lighting solutions for the industrial, retail, public, and commercial sectors, has announced the appointment of Richard Hunt as managing director.

Medical Air Technology and the Mostowy Lab

Medical Air Technology (MAT) proved to be ‘the ideal construction partner’ for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) when it needed a new purpose-built suite of microbiology containment laboratories for Dr Serge Mostowy, Professor of Cellular Microbiology, to continue his exciting and innovative research into controlling infection, “MAT is large enough to cope with any issues, but small enough to care, and this was evident throughout,” said John Starmer, Estates director at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “It was a pleasure to work with MAT and the team that was assembled for the project, and we hope to have the opportunity to work together again.”

National AI Lab to address ‘some of the biggest challenges in healthcare’

A new ‘National Artificial Intelligence’ Lab will bring together the industry’s best academics, specialists, and technology companies ‘to work on some of the biggest challenges in health and care’, including earlier cancer detection, new dementia treatments and more personalised care, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Helping those with learning difficulties find good jobs

An innovative partnership with Engage to Change – a scheme in Wales which helps those aged 16-25 with learning disabilities and / or autism develop their work skills through paid work placements – is ‘helping to change the lives’ of such young people in North Wales, with the support of the NHS.

PM announces extra £1.8 billion ‘for NHS frontline services’

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed a new £1.8 billion NHS ‘cash injection’ to help improve patient care. More beds, new ‘cutting-edge equipment’, and additional wards, will be delivered at 20 hospitals across the country, the Prime Minister announced as he visited a Lincolnshire hospital today (5 August), with the 20 healthcare facilities set to share £850 million in new funding ‘to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment’.

New building safety announcement upholds DHF’s ‘fire safety crusade’

The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has welcomed the Ministerial Statement to the House, given by the then Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, in which he updated members on building safety.

New PM’s ‘once in a generation chance' to transform buildings

The new government team led by Boris Johnson has ‘an unprecedented opportunity to dramatically shift policy on the built environment and deliver higher standards of safety, sustainability and social justice’, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) claims.