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Far-reaching benefits of offsite modular construction

Tony Wells, Chief Executive Officer of Merit, a specialist in offsite manufacture and build of ‘hi-tech’ facilities for healthcare, laboratory, cleanroom, manufacturing, and other industrial environments, discusses some of the key time, other practical, and cost-saving benefits of this approach, drawing on some of the company’s recent projects in healthcare

Decarbonising the NHS with smart, flexible, resilient tech

The Energy Trilemma – an affordable, sustainable, and secure power supply – is a pressing global issue. Powerstar looks at the funding that can help Trusts transition to clean energy, and the technology available to reduce costs, lower emissions, and ensure a secure supply.

Using tech innovation to address global challenges

Manufacturers have recently had difficulties obtaining components. Medical technology specialist, Brandon Medical, explains how the business has adapted.

Safety and energy worries can drive low carbon future

The government took a joined-up approach when revising the Building Regulations, and if heating and cooling system designers do the same, we can tackle some of the country’s most urgent challenges, argues James Henley, Product Development manager at Daikin Applied UK.

Technology and modular build making impact felt

How can increased capacity at NHS car parks offer solutions, and not problems? Hospital car parking is a complex and multi-faceted issue. James Fildes, from Berry Systems, looks at how parking solutions can adapt and adjust for future demands.

Rapid testing technology puts London Trust in control

IDEXX’s Nigel Otter discusses Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s successful use of the company’s rapid microbiology systems to test for, and identify, Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ‘in-house’, in its water systems.

The NHS estate – not all about bricks and mortar

AA Projects’ Sarah Butler discusses a new NHS England resource which aims to show how the NHS can use and manage its estate ‘as a catalyst to boost social value, address local priorities, and enhance the wider determinants of health’.

Fire safety courses add to growing training portfolio

Visiting PPL Training’s York HQ, HEJ discovered what led it to begin covering key fire safety topics such as fire-stopping and fire door survey and inspection.

‘Personalised’ cancer treatment facilities growing

Chris Oates, Architect director at BDP, explains how the latest cancer care facilities are enabling patients to be treated in increasingly personalised environments. Drawing on recent UK case studies, he also highlights the considerable advantages of co-locating specialist cancer treatment facilities, scientific research, and academic centres, on one site – both to medical personnel and scientists / academics.

Key challenges for the sector’s future workforce

A ‘Workforce’-themed keynote at 2022’s Healthcare Estates featured discussions on the key workforce challenges facing both the healthcare engineering and estate management sector, and the wider NHS.

Importance of fire damper safety testing underlined

The NHS has a legacy of ageing properties, many with ventilation systems where it is not possible to gain access for effective cleaning or mandatory annual safety inspection and testing of fire dampers. This issue needs to be afforded much higher priority on risk registers, argues the MD of an independent ventilation, air, and water hygiene specialist.

How clean are the door handles you touch?

Is it correct to assume that manual daily cleaning provides the best protection for people who use high-touch surfaces like door handles? In this article, Ian Graham, founder of Glana, and developer of the Axiene Clean Touch antimicrobial door handle system (HEJ – November 2021), describes the findings from hygiene performance trials comparing standard cleaning procedures with new Axiene technology

AI-driven system improves reliability and efficiency

At the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a new medical gas plant developed by SHJ Medical Gas Specialists has ‘addressed areas of energy inefficiency, vastly increased the system’s productivity, resilience, and reliability’, and aided carbon emission reduction.

‘UK needs to be more self-sufficient on energy’

A Net Zero and Sustainability keynote session at Healthcare Estates 2022 included an interesting and somewhat chastening look at the ‘size’ of the energy generation challenge facing the UK in the short-to-medium term by Dame Sue Ion, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

‘Enabling infection-resilient healthcare environments’

At Healthcare Estates 2022, four scientists and academics discussed hospital ventilation – including some of the key learnings for hospital engineers in the wake of COVID-19. HEJ’s editor reports on an address by one of the four – Prof. Cath Noakes of the University of Leeds

Celebrating excellence at biggest Awards Dinner yet

The presentation of awards in 12 categories, plus the chance to make new acquaintances, and renew contacts faceto-face, were among the highlights of last month’s Healthcare Estates 2022 IHEEM Awards Dinner in Manchester.

First female President sets out her goals and ambitions

Last month saw the Institute’s first ever female President, Alison Ryan, take over the chain of office at IHEEM’s 2022 AGM. She discusses her career to date, her involvement with IHEEM, her goals during her Presidency, and some of the areas where she believes the Institute can have even greater impact.

Ensuring modern telemetry systems function properly

More and more modern hospitals now rely on medical telemetry systems for the smooth operation of the ICT and communications technologies that are critical to efficient patient care. Here electronic engineers, Tetsuo Endo, Takashi Kano, and Eisuke Hanada, give an overview of new guidelines for the use of such systems in Japanese hospitals.

‘Common language’ needed for better hospital planning

Speaking at the IFHE’s 2022 Congress in Toronto, IHEEM’s CEO, Pete Sellars, and President, Paul Fenton, argued that the planning and construction of ‘siloed’ hospitals ‘is over’, discussing a very different model for future healthcare planning.

COVER STORY: The ‘right filter for the right outlet’ guaranteed

The recent Healthcare Estates 2022 Conference & Exhibition in Manchester marked the exclusive launch of the new ‘Medical Tap Filter Fixed Position’ product by T-safe, the Danish-based water filtration manufacturer.

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