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‘Cutting edge’ medicine in heritage buildings

‘Cutting edge’ medicine in heritage buildings

The Harley Street Medical Area in London is home to some of the world’s most ‘cutting edge’ medical facilities, yet it is a place restricted by, but blessed with, historical architecture and listed buildings. Simon Baynham, property director at The Howard de Walden Estate, which looks after the area, explains the unique challenges involved in deploying modern medicine in a heritage environment.
Keynote highlights a ‘timely platform for change’

Keynote highlights a ‘timely platform for change’

Giving the opening keynote on the first day of last month’s Healthcare Estates 2017 conference, Simon Corben, director and head of Profession, NHS Estates and Facilities Efficiency & Productivity Division at NHS Improvement, outlined some of the key challenges and milestones for he and his team during his first six months in the role.
Turnkey solution for orthopaedic centre

Turnkey solution for orthopaedic centre

‘Having started with an empty shell’, the team at Fortius Group developed the design of a new orthopaedic surgical centre in London’s Marylebone.
More work is required to teach cleaning techniques

More work is required to teach cleaning techniques

The editor of HEJ’s sister publication, The Clinical Services Journal, discusses developing thinking on what constitutes the most effective healthcare cleaning practice.
Bringing data together in accessible form

Bringing data together in accessible form

A nurse call system specialist has developed a software product extension to enable easy viewing of the wealth of data generated in a ‘clean and accessible’ form.
Protecting water tanks from bacterial growth

Protecting water tanks from bacterial growth

A specialist in refurbishing and protecting water tanks discusses how they can be effectively protected rather than replaced.
Washbasin siphons’positive impact shown in study

Washbasin siphons’positive impact shown in study

A German hospital study examined the impact of aerosolreducing hygienic siphons in controlling a 4MRGN Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak on a ‘neuro’ rehabilitation ward. 
‘Smart’ luminaires’ futureproofing abilities

‘Smart’ luminaires’ futureproofing abilities

Grant Feast, business development manager (Campus) at LED specialist, Schréder, discusses best practice for LED lighting regeneration, ‘connected infrastructure’, and the potential offered by ‘smarter’ facilities.
Latest guidance reflects continuing prion concerns

Latest guidance reflects continuing prion concerns

The background to the DH’s 2016 updating of its guidance for surgical instruments, HTM 01-01.
Former paper records area transformed

Former paper records area transformed

A space vacated following a Trust’s move from paper to electronic records has been successfully converted to a new endoscopy and decontamination department.
How ‘hospitality design’ is transforming healthcare

How ‘hospitality design’ is transforming healthcare

Designers of healthcare facilities now have the opportunity to be more creative, taking inspiration from the retail and hospitality sectors.
Impact of effective BEMS control strategy examined

Impact of effective BEMS control strategy examined

The assistant estates director at a Dublin hospital discusses the extent to which hospital BEMS systems can increase efficiency and minimise energy consumption.
Combining copper with effective hygiene

Combining copper with effective hygiene

How antimicrobial copper surfaces can assist with hospital infection control and support the fight against nosocomial infection.
Key changes in revised HTM 06-01 outlined

Key changes in revised HTM 06-01 outlined

An expert look at the most important changes in the recently revised HTM 06-01: Electrical services supply and distribution guidance document.
Dangers of not following a ‘systems approach’

Dangers of not following a ‘systems approach’

A risk management specialist believes ‘poor managerial standards’ practiced by many Trusts in relation to their estates departments are due to them failing to adopt the NHS-recommended ‘systems approach’ to governance.
Save significant time on in-service TMV inspections

Save significant time on in-service TMV inspections

The D 08 Supplement to HTM 04-01 on TMVs has been updated to simplify and speed the in-service auditing and testing of these devices.
Keeping patients safe and facilities running smoothly

Keeping patients safe and facilities running smoothly

Topics at an IHEEM one-day conference last month ranged from minimising the proliferation of Pseudomonas in hospital water systems to key changes in the recently revised HTM 06-01 ‘Electrical services’ guidance.
Interest-free capital for energy efficiency

Interest-free capital for energy efficiency

A publicly-funded company is working with NHS Trusts around the UK to make NHS estates more energy efficient, providing interest-free Government funding to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and lower energy bills.
A mix of psychological and physiological drivers

A mix of psychological and physiological drivers

Creating the right interior designs for healthcare environments can make a fundamental difference to patients, staff, and visitors. British Gypsum discusses the key factors to consider.
Technology playing an evergreater part

Technology playing an evergreater part

Lee Hales, operations director at bespoke parking specialist, Indigo, outlines the company’s approach to ensuring the best possible parking experience for patients, staff, and visitors, on increasingly busy hospital sites.

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