Battling the bugs at the Conquest
Opened earlier this year, the newly expanded Same Day Emergency Care Unit at Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea near Hastings is providing vital same-day emergency care for patients not requiring an overnight hospital stay.
Products from Scolmore's Mode range of white moulded antimicrobial wiring accessories, and the accompanying GridPro plates and modules range, were chosen for the facility. Scolmore says switch plates – such as light switches, dimmers and sockets, have one of the highest touch rates in any environment, so are likely to hold a significant number of microbes on their surfaces. It said: “Regular cleaning is essential, but not always sufficient. By using products that inhibit bacterial and fungal organisms, it’s possible to help prevent the spread of superbugs.”
Scolmore’s white moulded and Mode Part M wiring accessories are manufactured using Urea Formaldehyde, which has similar inherent properties to antimicrobial additives. All products independently tested achieved a 99.99 % kill rate across all four types of the strains of bacteria – MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella, and Klebsiella Pneumonia.
Responsible for specifying the Mode and GridPro products was Mark Sellens, Electrical Project manager at electrical contracting firm, Booker & Best, who said: “The Mode range offers great quality, represents very good value, and comes with a 20-year guarantee. It scored highly from an infection control standpoint, while its smooth profile reduces the risk of harbouring germs.
“The on-site electricians were very impressed with the GridPro range used for the lighting controls, finding the plates’ yokeless design particularly great to work with. Unique to GridPro is the screw attachment feature, which means no yoke is required for any modules when using 1-4 gang plates; the modules can be simply screwed directly onto the plates. Some products require yokes to be purchased as separate components, which has cost and labour implications.”