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NHS reforms ‘damaging and distracting’

NHS reforms ‘damaging and distracting’

A major assessment of the coalition government’s record on NHS reform by The King’s Fund concludes that the upheaval caused by the Health and Social Care Act has been ‘damaging and distracting’.

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Mixed-use scheme ‘The Bloom’ completed

Mixed-use scheme ‘The Bloom’ completed

A recently completed sustainable mixed-used scheme in White City, London, ‘The Bloom’, designed by Penoyre & Prasad for Fulcrum Infrastructure Management and Notting Hill Housing, incorporates a 3,400 m2 primary healthcare and social services facility, retail units, and 170 shared ownership apartments and low-cost market discount apartments. The health centre has received a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Commode chair is ‘cleaner by design’

Commode chair is ‘cleaner by design’

Vernacare has developed a new commode chair with ‘a robust, easy-clean design’ – to help reduce the risk of healthcareassociated infections (HCAIs).
£40,000 ITU investment at private hospital

£40,000 ITU investment at private hospital

BMI The London Independent Hospital in Stepney Green has unveiled its newly enhanced intensive therapy unit (ITU).
• Commission launched to improve urgent care for older people
• Catering innovations as contract is renewed
• European backing for Dumfries hospital confirmed
• Mental health services’ £1.25 bn cash injection
• Technal’s ‘most innovative’ window yet
• BIM data files for façade panels

Features

Bringing a military approach to teaching

Bringing a military approach to teaching

Despite having only established the company nine years ago, the founders of Kidderminster-based Avensys Medical believe the company now offers not only one of the UK’s most comprehensive maintenance, repair, consultancy, and equipment audit services for medical and dental equipment, but also one of the most tailored training portfolios for electro-biomedical (EBME) engineers working in healthcare settings to enable them to get the best out of such equipment, improve patient safety, optimise service life, and save both the NHS and private sector money.
Silver biocide’s real-world success

Silver biocide’s real-world success

Although temperature control has been the UK’s longest-serving means of controlling the growth and proliferation of Legionella in hot and cold water systems, there are other factors, including major rises in energy costs, that warrant the use of biocides – including in the healthcare sector.
Ensuring that fire doors are fit for purpose

Ensuring that fire doors are fit for purpose

Neil Ashdown, general manager of the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS), considers the key steps for ensuring that fire doors are correctly specified, installed, maintained, inspected, and, when necessary, repaired, to enable them to effectively fulfil their role.
Patient experience key in hospice refurb

Patient experience key in hospice refurb

A major design and build scheme which has seen the inpatient unit at St. Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield extended and refurbished to provide a more comfortable and homely environment, and bring the facilities up to the best 21st century standards, has benefited significantly from both high quality architecture and stakeholder commitment.
• Folding ‘health’ back into healthcare
• Infrastructure for new models of care
• Scottish experience can inform others
• Small investments, huge savings
• Professional knowledge, ethical conduct
• Case study examples of SHP’s successful use

Product Spotlight

The new Kärcher SGV steam vacuum: hygienic cleaning without the effort

Wherever hygiene is intrinsic to daily routines, most contract cleaners and their staff rely upon harsh chemicals and old-fashioned methods like manual scrubbing and scraping.

Keraflo launches enhanced water tank control system Tanktronic - with added functionality and ease of use

Keraflo, manufacturer of ‘Aylesbury’ float valves and tank management systems, has launched an enhanced user-friendly version of its digital water tank control system Tanktronic, which boasts an array of new functionality.

Bender theatre control panels

Hygienic touchscreen operating theatre control panels from Bender UK offer the ultimate flexibility in terms of features and functionality for new and refurbishment installations within the healthcare sector.

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Entertaining patients, generating revenue

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Entertaining patients, generating revenue
When considering or planning bedhead positioned patient entertainment solutions, Airwave says it ‘has all the bases covered’ – with a wide range of medical wall arms, televisions, touchscreens, and interactive services – all designed to improve the patient’s well-being and experience.

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