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Sodexo launches Braille food menu at Romford hospital

Sodexo, a leading global services company, has launched a braille menu for patients at Queen’s Hospital Romford. The new menu has been introduced in each ward to ensure that patients with visual impairments can read the standard menu. Karen Ford-Sneddon, Sodexo Patient Dining manager at the hospital, said: “We truly care about our patients, and so are always looking for ways to improve how we meet individual patient needs and help ensure a patient’s stay is as comfortable as possible.

BAM starts work on ‘transformational’ Clydebank healthcare facility

BAM Construction has started work on a new £19 m healthcare centre in Clydebank. Delivered in partnership with hub West Scotland on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Clydebank Health Centre will be located within the Queens Quay development area, forming part of a new Health Quarter.

£3m services contract completed at Royal Hallamshire

NG Bailey has completed a £3 m services project at Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH) to provide four new operating theatres. The project’s completion follows a series of healthcare sector successes for the firm, including project wins such as the new eye care centre at Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, and the completion of the University Hospital of North Tees’ Energy Centre.

Montagu Evans appointed for major NHS valuation mandate

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has appointed Montagu Evans as the valuation consultant for its £3.6 bn property portfolio on a five-year contract; the firm held the previous valuation contract for NHSPS, which also ran for five years.

Time for ‘the biggest building programme since the Beatles’

In unveiling a new report that the member organisation says ‘sets out scale of the task required to rebuild and equip the NHS to make it fit for the 21st century’, the deputy CEO of NHS Providers argues that ‘it’s time for the biggest building programme in the NHS since the Beatles’.

British company’s rapid response to Chinese hospitals’ request

UK infection control company, GV Health, has delivered 9.5 tonnes of infection control equipment and healthcare disinfectants for use by medical staff in Chinese hospitals.

Demand for green technologies fuels UK expansion and new ‘innovation hub’

Schneider Electric, the specialist in ‘digital transformation’ in energy management and automation, has announced that it is to expand its UK manufacturing facilities in Scarborough and Leeds ‘driven by rising demand in renewable and green technologies’.

LSBU and BSRIA launch Joint Research and Innovation Centre

London South Bank University (LSBU) and the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) have launched a new joint research and innovation centre.

Gender pay gap lessens but ‘concentrated effort’ needed from profession

Research published on 28 November by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAA) in a new report,'Closing the engineering gender pay gap', indicates that the gender pay gap is smaller in the engineering profession than the UK employee average.

New ‘Expert Panel’ and ‘grassroots campaign’ to help NHS reach ‘net zero’

NHS CEO, Sir Simon Stevens (pictured), has announced that the NHS and its staff will ‘step up action to tackle the climate health emergency’ via three key measures – the first a new ‘expert panel’ to “chart a practical route map this year to enable the NHS to get to ‘net zero’”, the second a proposed new NHS Standard Contract calling on hospitals to reduce carbon from buildings and estates, switch to ‘less polluting anaesthetic gases and better asthma inhalers’, and encourage more active travel for staff, and the third a ‘grassroots campaign’ to encourage staff and hospitals ‘to cut their impact on people’s health and the environment’.

‘Cause for optimism’ on youngsters' perceptions about an engineering career

An annual survey by EngineeringUK gives ‘cause for optimism’ about young people’s perceptions of an engineering career, with the proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds who would consider such a career up by 8 per cent from 37 per cent in 2016 to 45 per cent in 2019.

'Millions' being spent on ‘fake’ apprenticeship schemes

A new report published by skills and education ‘think tank’, EDSK, has found that ‘millions of pounds’ of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy are being spent on so-called ‘fake apprenticeship schemes’, which, in reality, are ‘relabelled degrees or training courses for existing staff’.

Delays and increased costs at former Carillion projects

A National Audit Office (NAO) report published on 17 January reveals that the two PFI hospitals Carillion was building at the time of its collapse – the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital – are currently due for completion over five years, and nearly four years late, respectively.

New courses included in training calendar

Eastwood Park’s new training calendar for April 2020-March 2021 has been published, with details of its specialist engineering and estates and facilities management courses.

A clear MEP vision for eye care centre

NG Bailey has secured a £2.9 m project to deliver mechanical, electrical, and plumbing installations (MEP) for a new eye care centre at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank in Scotland. The independent engineering and services provider has been appointed by the principal contractor, Kier Regional Building – Scotland, to support the development of the centre.

Sponsored: Micad Acquires ZetaSafe

We are delighted to announce that Micad has completed the acquisition of ZetaSafe, a leading compliance management software provider whose products are used extensively across the UK in Healthcare and globally for a range of large organisations.

Award for sanitary assembly specialist

Total Laminate Systems, the sanitary assembly and IPS unit manufacturer, received the Best Interior Building Product award at November’s Building Better Healthcare Awards 2019 at The Brewery in the City of London

Modular theatre and ward suite boosts capacity

Patients have started using a new theatre and ward complex at Birmingham’s Royal Orthopaedic Hospital housed in what its constructor, ModuleCo Healthcare (MCH), dubs ‘a state-of-the-art, two-storey modular building’.

Vanguard’s new mobile CSSD on show

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions says over 350 visitors looked around its new mobile Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) unit at October’s Healthcare Estates 2019 event.

McAvoy strengthens management team

Offsite construction specialist, The McAvoy Group, has expanded its Board with the appointment of Martin O’Neill as Contracts director, further strengthening its management team.

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