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Hospitals turning to latest steam trap technology

Hospitals turning to latest steam trap technology

Backlog maintenance is a pressing issue for the NHS and other care providers, and for many sites the bill runs into the millions of pounds. Thermal Energy International discusses the role of steam systems, and the new technologies on offer to help hospitals minimise backlog.
‘50 years and rising’, and no plans to stop innovating

‘50 years and rising’, and no plans to stop innovating

Three seasoned Rada personnel with over 50 years’ experience and knowledge in their field describe the highlights of their careers over last few decades, and look ahead to some of the forthcoming technological advances in showering and washrooms in healthcare.
Boiler hire may prove a more cost-effective choice

Boiler hire may prove a more cost-effective choice

Carl Webb, HVAC Sales director at Andrews Sykes, discusses the importance of boiler reliability in the healthcare sector, and the implications of boiler performance ‘falling short’.
‘Business as usual’ during energy centre work

‘Business as usual’ during energy centre work

Patrick Morrison, NG Bailey’s Healthcare Sector lead, explains how its engineering division is delivering better value for hospital Trusts by undertaking major infrastructure works as a principal contractor, as demonstrated in its work creating a new energy centre for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
A better first experience for patients and visitors

A better first experience for patients and visitors

A look at how a specialist in the field has deployed ‘next generation’ parking technology to greatly improve the car parking experience at the Manchester Royal Infirmary site. Visitors now enjoy ‘a stress-free’ car parking experience, thanks to a free-flow ANPR solution.
‘Outstanding disinfection without toxic chemicals’

‘Outstanding disinfection without toxic chemicals’

Hagbard Eriksen, managing director at Danish Clean Water (DCW), explores the threat presented by Legionella and Pseudomonas in hospital water systems, and proposes a cost-effective disinfection system that DCW says ‘achieves outstanding and sustained results without the use of toxic chemicals’.
Reducing the aspiration risks of waterborne pathogens

Reducing the aspiration risks of waterborne pathogens

Jonathan Waggott, an expert in sanitary infection control issues who runs his own consultancy, discusses the risks posed by airborne transmission of a variety of harmful pathogens from outlets such as taps, sinks, and showers, in hospitals and other healthcare premises, and some of the actions that can be taken to help mitigate these risks.
Academia and engineering – strengthening the links

Academia and engineering – strengthening the links

The first half of a two-part report on an IHEEM roundtable in November which explored ways to improve the links and communication between healthcare estates teams and those in academia, both to help drive more efficient operation of healthcare facilities, and to increase opportunities for rigorous research into key areas of building engineering services.
VR technology informed Finnish ICU design

VR technology informed Finnish ICU design

Tiina Yli-Karhu, Design co-ordinator at the Hospital District of South Ostrobothnia, and PhD candidate at the University of Tampere, describes in detail the process – which included the application of ‘virtual reality’ technology – used to design a new intensive care unit (ICU) at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital in Finland, the country’s first 100 per cent single-bedded such facility.
Identifying the best theatre size for different surgeries

Identifying the best theatre size for different surgeries

In this article, Hiroshi Yasuhara MD, OR Medical director at The Surgical Center at the University of Tokyo Hospital, presents what he dubs ‘a universal model for estimating the appropriate size for new operating theatres’.
Managing clinical waste safely and effectively

Managing clinical waste safely and effectively

The NHS produces up to 600,000 tonnes of waste per annum – more than 1 per cent of all domestic UK waste. The management of this waste is an essential part of the healthcare system, and yet it’s an area we rarely hear about.
Sound training essential for good design and installation

Sound training essential for good design and installation

In this article, Alan Hambidge, a Chartered Biologist, Chartered Safety and Health Practitioner, independent Authorising Engineer, and trainer at Eastwood Park, highlights the need for sound training of those involved in the design and installation of healthcare water services, and the consequences of inadequate training – including water systems where harmful waterborne bacteria can proliferate and put users of the facility at risk.
The link – a tale of life, lions, and laparoscopic surgery

The link – a tale of life, lions, and laparoscopic surgery

The CEO of a Cambridge-based product development consultancy describes how he worked with surgeons at a Northumbrian hospital to establish communications links with their counterparts at a Tanzanian facility.
Fast-track construction for new £350 m Gwent facility

Fast-track construction for new £350 m Gwent facility

Last spring, Gwent’s new £350 m Grange University Hospital near Cwmbran came out of the ground, delivered by a method of construction that its constructor, Laing O’Rourke, says will ‘drive innovation, value, quality, and consistency’.
Climate and other challenges for Cornish hospitals

Climate and other challenges for Cornish hospitals

The head of Estates Operations and Trust Health and Safety at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust discussed some of the particular challenges for the design and maintenance of hospitals in a marine environment at the IHEEM 2018 Regional Conference in Cardiff.
Academy’s pioneering work to close the skills gap

Academy’s pioneering work to close the skills gap

Championing engineers’ key role in society, addressing the shortage of engineers from all backgrounds in the UK, and close working with key engineering institutes to ensure that the profession’s voice is heard, are among the key priorities for Dr Hayaatun Sillem, who became the Royal Academy of Engineering’s CEO last January.
Benefits of a partnership approach made clear

Benefits of a partnership approach made clear

Speaking in Manchester last year, Cliff Jones, the Department of Health’s ProCure22 Framework lead, reflected on the considerable achievements to date of the ProCure22 Framework, and looked ahead to ‘some of the next steps’ as it further develops.
A need for ‘more joined up’ thinking and practice

A need for ‘more joined up’ thinking and practice

At October’s Healthcare Estates 2018 conference, Simon Corben, director and head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency and Productivity Division at NHS Improvement (NHSI), gave a comprehensive update on the work of he and his team.
New President will build on predecessor’s ‘themes’

New President will build on predecessor’s ‘themes’

Giving his inaugural address as IHEEM President in London in November, Ian Hinitt outlined his key areas of focus during his two-year tenure. Two of his key priorities will be continuing to champion work on apprenticeships and succession planning, and an ongoing drive for greater diversity and inclusion.
Using a BEMS to improve infection control

Using a BEMS to improve infection control

Water hygiene within hospitals and other healthcare estates is of paramount importance. Bob Blincowe, strategic account manager – UK Healthcare, at Trend Control Systems, explains how a building energy management system (BEMS) ‘can prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases by monitoring and controlling supply, storage, and distribution systems’.

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