RECENT FEATURE ARTICLES

‘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 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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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’.

Regulations and guidance there to ensure safety

Paul Millard, Technical manager at WRAS (The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme), explains some of the key areas where hospitals and other healthcare premises can act to prevent contamination of the water system, and thus effectively protect patients, visitors, and employees. He also focuses on the accompanying legal and regulatory obligations.

Large buildings can deliver cold water in a heatwave

Dr Nick Hill, Authorising Engineer (Water) at Water Quality London, and chair of IHEEM’s Water Technical Platform, discusses the temperature performance of cold water systems in healthcare premises, based on a study of five buildings during a London heatwave, including the potential remedial actions which can be taken.

Revitalised ‘Aneurin Bevan’ gives view on his legacy

Before the main conference presentations on the first day of last month’s Healthcare Estates 2018, professional actor, Jon Buckeridge, gave a memorable performance as the NHS’s founder, Aneurin Bevan, looking back on seven decades of the service, as if he had ‘woken up’ in 2018 at the IHEEM conference