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‘State-of-the-art’ theatres installed at Galway’s Merlin Park Hospital

Two new elective orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park University Hospital in Galway have been equipped with Bender’s ‘state-of-the-art’ operating theatre equipment, advanced medical IT power systems, and residual current monitoring devices.

Sustainability high on the agenda at CSC’s Autumn Study Day

Incorporating sustainability into healthcare buildings, and ways to demonstrate ‘practical sustainability’ in the decontamination of reusable surgical instruments, will be very much on the agenda at the Central Sterilising Club’s Autumn Study Day on 10 October at Manchester Central.

Energy savings increasing at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Veolia says it is now increasing energy savings at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading following a 15-year extension to its existing contract.

Young women gain valuable insight into engineering careers

A group of 18 young women have gained an insight into engineering careers through a workshop exploring the challenges of designing a future-proof hospital.

NHSPS publishes three-year ‘Green Plan’

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has today (22 June) published its first three-year Green Plan, ‘to transform estates to mitigate the impact of climate change, and drive the NHS to achieve Net Zero carbon status by 2040’.

High quality furniture for new Skye community hospital

Healthcare furniture specialist, Deanestor, has delivered a second hospital fit-out project in the Scottish Highlands.

Ensuring a ‘seamless switch’ to higher efficiency water heaters

With updates to Approved Document L of the Building Regulations ruling out non-condensing direct-fired water heaters having just come into force, the hot water industry will be instrumental in ensuring ‘a seamless switch’ to higher efficiency condensing water heaters.

Purpose-built pacing theatre goes live at Countess of Chester

Cardiac rhythm management and bradycardia pacemaker implantation services have been enhanced for patients at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester with the installation of a new Alphenix Sky ceiling-mounted C-arm there.

Gothenburg gets ‘world’s first’ optical linen sorting technology

Östra Sjukhuset in Gothenburg, one of four sites that form Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden’s largest university hospital, claims to be ‘setting the global standard in sustainable hospital waste and linen management’ after appointing Envac to install its optical linen sorting technology as part of a major modernisation programme.

Infection control measures could save up to £23 billion annually

Government must ‘seize the post-pandemic opportunity’ to mandate long-term improvements to infection control in commercial, public, and residential buildings ‘to reduce the transmission of future waves of COVID-19, new pandemics, seasonal influenza, and other infectious diseases’.

Emerging leaders wanted as first members of new UK Young Academy

The first UK-wide national Young Academy – a network of early career researchers and professionals – is being launched today (14 June).

'Run-down buildings’ jeopardising patient safety and performance targets, Confederation says

Patient safety, and the NHS’s ability to drive down waiting lists and hit performance targets, are being ‘severely hampered’ because the NHS has been ‘plagued by one of the worst records for capital investment in the OECD over the past decade’.

Digital hybrid health platform launched by Alder Hey

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has launched what it dubs ‘a ground-breaking digital platform set to revolutionise the way patient care is delivered to children and young people’.

Cancer centre network operator to be placed into liquidation

The Rutherford Health Group, which operates a network of cancer and diagnostic centres in the UK, has announced today (6 June) that an application is to be made to place the Group into liquidation.

Planned Leeds Maternity Centre to be UK’s largest

The UK’s largest single-site maternity unit is being planned in Leeds as part of the development of two new hospitals on the Leeds General Infirmary site – providing what Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust describes as ‘a revolution in patient-centred care’.

A ‘moment in history’ for Chesterfield Trust

NG Bailey has been appointed to deliver a £5.3m installation of new mechanical and electrical (M&E) services for a new Urgent and Emergency Care Department for Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

New report focuses on regulation to prevent surgical instrument contamination

A report published on 25 May by the UK’s Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) concludes that the impact of ineffective decontamination of surgical instruments ‘can be far-reaching’, with the potential consequences ranging from the risk of severe infection, to ‘the frustration of cancelled operations due to dirty equipment’.

Framework set to ‘help NHS Trusts manage their estates successfully’

Leading finance and accounting, digital, procurement, and workforce services provider, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), has launched its ‘second-generation’ Hard Facilities Management framework agreement.

'Topping out’ for new Poole Hospital theatre building

The construction of a new theatre building at Poole Hospital by Sir Robert McAlpine has reached a significant milestone, with a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Artwork a ‘touchpoint in time’

Illustrator and reportage artist, Emily Thomas, has been working with CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as part of her residency at West Middlesex University Hospital, producing a collection of illustrations which capture and celebrate the workforce there.

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