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Reducing costs via standardisation
Speaking in a presentation at October’s Healthcare Estates 2013, senior representatives from a number of Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs) within the ProCure21+ National Framework explained their ongoing work to develop designs for standardised and repeatable rooms, along with a range of associated standard components – from flooring to air-handling units – all intended to reduce NHS capital building costs in line with the Government Construction Strategy.
Climate change – how ready are you?
In an article that first appeared in Canadian Healthcare Facilities magazine, Kent Waddington, communications director, and Linda Varangu, Executive Director, at the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and Peter Berry, senior policy analyst, and Jaclyn Paterson, environmental health specialist, at Health Canada.
Maximising returns from cogeneration
In an article first published in The Australian Hospital Engineer, Craig Walter, manager – Emerging Markets, A.G. Coombs Pty, examines some of the key considerations for healthcare estates teams looking at installing cogeneration or trigeneration systems and technology.
Infection control in a developing world
The global HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics have placed enormous burdens upon already overstretched healthcare workers and poorly resourced healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.
Optimisation is at the heart of the operation
In our other article based around operating theatres in this issue of HEJ (see pages 64-72), we examine how some of the latest technology is benefiting users, but in this article – with all areas of the NHS charged with reducing energy consumption and cutting carbon emissions.
Parking: an effective strategy described
A hospital car park needs to balance the demands of patients, visitors, and staff, without, for example, compromising emergency vehicles’ access to the Accident & Emergency Department.
Winning the battle for greater efficiency
The keynote speeches at this year’s Healthcare Estates conference, which was themed ‘Putting positive energy into healthcare’.
Helping surgeons work ‘smarter’
Operating theatre technology has developed significantly in recent years, with increasing automation and control of functions like lighting, pendants, cameras, and viewing screens.
The Permit to Work’s key role explained
In an article in the April 2013 issue of Health Estate Journal, Geoff Dillow, a former head of training at the forerunner to Eastwood Park, the Hospital Engineering Centre, addressed the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in the operation and management of medical gas pipeline systems (MGPS).
Changing times, similar challenges
With IHEEM celebrating its 70th Anniversary this month, HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, recently met the Institute’s oldest surviving Past-President, Lawrence Turner OBE.
Sustaining surfaces in tip-top condition
Flooring is a crucial element in healthcare settings, so choosing the most appropriate materials, and employing the correct cleaning methods, should be high on the list of priorities for all healthcare estate managers, as Lesley Davis, a regional area manager at supplier of industrial and commercial floor cleaning machines, Truvox International, explains.
3D printing technology speeds development
James McGowan, R&D product designer for Monodraught, a specialist in ‘natural ventilation, natural daylight, and natural cooling systems’, discusses the development of Cool-phase, the company’s latest innovative application of phase change material (PCM) as a thermal energy store used to actively ventilate and cool buildings.
Offering a smarter and brighter choice
Colin Lawson, head of sales and marketing at Tamlite Lighting, argues that when selecting new lighting for healthcare facilities, estates and facilities managers need to make ‘smart, well-informed decisions’ in order to balance energy saving with patient comfort.
Boosting capacity, enhancing service
How can estates managers guarantee uninterrupted surgical provision during refurbishment projects, or boost capacity when waiting lists look dangerously at risk?
RFID solution benefits Cambridge hospital
Keeping track of thousands of pieces of equipment in a busy hospital environment is a considerable challenge, but, according to RFID tagging and asset tracking specialist, Harland Simon, RFID technology can make the task considerably simpler.
Forthcoming ‘energy crunch’ imminent
A looming energy crisis will hit the UK within the next five years, energy regulator Ofgem has warned on a number of occasions already this year, and public sector organisations, commercial businesses, and households, can all expect a series of price hikes as demand outstrips local resources.
Keeping electronic records secure
Are electronic engineering maintenance records relating to the hospital estate or a medical device as important as electronic patient records? Computer maintenance management systems (CMMS) are increasingly being used to manage all-round maintenance activities.
Off-site build speeds mortuary completion
A new mortuary and bereavement facility at one of North Wales’s largest acute hospitals, the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd near Rhyl, formed from 16 steel-framed modules that were manufactured off site, and subsequently craned into position to greatly speed project completion, was delivered ‘well below original cost budget, four weeks ahead of schedule’, by turnkey construction specialist, MTX Contracts.
Ensuring effective device management
In an article that first appeared in the August 2013 issue of HEJ’s sister magazine, The Clinical Services Journal, John Sandham IEng MIET MIHEEM, discusses the need to put in place effective healthcare technology management policies, and highlights some of the barriers.
Campaign starts for next year’s event
Scott Buckler, Founder, 4 All of Us, which will be co-hosting next March’s NHS Sustainability Day 2014 with Barts Health, outlines some of the key aims of the 2014 IHEEM-backed campaign, looks back at the success of this year’s event, explains how Health Estate Journal will be the official Media Partner next year, and emphasises the important role that sustainability plays in health.
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