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From ‘buttons and bells’ to multifaceted solutions

From ‘buttons and bells’ to multifaceted solutions

A specialist in the field looks back at the history and development of nurse call systems, and gives its view on the ‘wired versus wireless’ system debate.
Designing cancer centres’ many challenges

Designing cancer centres’ many challenges

Catherine Zeliotis, healthcare leader and senior associate at global healthcare architectural practice, Stantec (pictured), discusses the latest thinking in the design of cancer centres, providing best practice examples from Stantec projects throughout the world.
Adaptability at the heart of New Papworth Hospital

Adaptability at the heart of New Papworth Hospital

How a focus on integrated specification at the New Papworth Hospital will ensure that the building fabric will prolong the facility’s service life, reduce maintenance, and enhance build quality.
Ultraclean surgery in today’s theatre arena

Ultraclean surgery in today’s theatre arena

The development of ever more advanced and ‘flexibly designed’ UVC canopies has enabled their use in a wide range of operating theatres, extending the range of surgeries that can be undertaken there.
Biometrics can help protect and safeguard

Biometrics can help protect and safeguard

Shaun Oakes, managing director at ievo, a north-east England-based manufacturer of biometric fingerprint readers, argues that growing use of biometrics technology can improve security and afford better protection to premises, valuable items, and people, across an ever-busier NHS.
Combining people, processes, and technology

Combining people, processes, and technology

The in-use benefits of patient, staff, and asset tracking technologies are now becoming ever clearer, especially in freeing up more time for care, improving patient flow, and facilitating finding key hospital equipment quickly.
Testing air permeability in isolation rooms

Testing air permeability in isolation rooms

The Asset Performance Team leader at BSRIA discusses her recent work testing isolation room design to enable such spaces’ optimal use for both infectious and immunocompromised patients.
Estates team looks to tackle skills shortages

Estates team looks to tackle skills shortages

The Estates Maintenance Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a Workforce Development Programme to tackle existing skills gaps and ensure strong succession planning.
Asset and patient tracking project wins inaugural award

Asset and patient tracking project wins inaugural award

The inaugural Lord Carter Award, presented at the Hospital Innovations 2017 event in London, went to a Trust which has saved considerable sums, and greatly improved efficiencies, by using RFID tagging to ‘track’ patients, equipment, and staff.
Lively programme for mental health event

Lively programme for mental health event

With a significant recent NHS focus on improving mental healthcare provision, this month’s Design in Mental Health 2017 event in Solihull should provide plenty to talk about

Point-of-use filters: the next generation?

A report on the positive results from a recent NHS hospital trial of a point-of-use filter which is reportedly ‘fully reprocessable’, and thus – following use – the filter cartridge and the housing can be decontaminated and re-used.
Good practice and technology the ideal mix

Good practice and technology the ideal mix

Eoin McQuone, Commercial Business director at washroom specialist, Rada, discusses the key changes in the revised HTM 04-01, and explains why new innovations in water management systems are a critical part of preventing waterborne infections.
UK’s first NHS high-energy proton beam facility

UK’s first NHS high-energy proton beam facility

The practical and logistical challenges of designing and building the UK’s first high-energy proton beam therapy facility – which is set to open next summer – described in detail.
Trusts’ forward-thinking approach recognised

Trusts’ forward-thinking approach recognised

How 21st century technology, sound parking operative training, and a willingness among Trusts to innovate, are combining to improve the hospital parking experience.
Investment vital to deliver 5YFV goals

Investment vital to deliver 5YFV goals

Without substantial investment in the NHS estate, The Five Year Forward Viewcannot be delivered, and the estate will ‘remain unfit for purpose and continue to deteriorate’, an independent review of NHS property and estate in England suggests.
A Canadian first for Chinook facility

A Canadian first for Chinook facility

A new five-storey, 205,000 ft2 wing at the Chinook Regional Hospital in Alberta, Canada, was the country’s first project to register with the new LEED-HC environmental rating system.
Redevelopment ‘challenged conventional wisdom’

Redevelopment ‘challenged conventional wisdom’

A report on the significant innovation – in areas ranging from plant operation to patient and staff comfort – that went into a $A66 million redevelopment project at Echuca Regional Health in Victoria, Australia.
Glenfield hybrid theatre will improve vascular services

Glenfield hybrid theatre will improve vascular services

A recent project at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester has seen Interserve redevelop and improve the hospital’s vascular, cardiovascular, and angiography facilities, with the construction of a new hybrid theatre. The architects, P+HS, report.
Making car parking quick and stress-free

Making car parking quick and stress-free

Mark Anfield, Operations Director at Capita Parking Services (ParkingEye & Capita Parking Services), examines the company’s approach to ensuring that car parking on hospital sites is as stress-free as possible for patients, visitors, and staff – an area where technology such as ANPR cameras and automated payment can play a big part.
The potential for Passivhaus design in healthcare

The potential for Passivhaus design in healthcare

Mark Elton of Cowan Architects looks at the potential for Passivhaus technology in hospital estates, and urges the UK ‘to take note of what is already happening on the Continent to reduce unnecessary heating bills while improving patient and staff comfort for a healthier outcome’.

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