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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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.

One million units sold, zero bacterial failures

A look at the two main filter media technologies commonly used – traditional flat sheet membrane and the ‘modern’ hollow fibre membrane media – to tackle Legionellaand Pseudomonasin hospital water systems

What needs to be delivered to fix the NHS?

The head of Healthcare at an independent construction, property, and management consultancy, argues that estates and facilities management teams must adopt an ever more innovative approach to optimising estate utilisation, and sets out a four-pronged approach.

Flexible financing for modular buildings

Modular buildings are now a common sight on NHS estates around the UK as Trusts battle to meet the requirements of their patients and their staff alike. Here, Steve Bowers, founder and managing director of Solutions Asset Finance, and the company’s commercial director, Philip Green, explain ‘how flexible funding solutions can match the quality of today’s modular building technology’.

Outsourcing building fabric maintenance

Fabric maintenance company, HSFM, examines why an increasing number of healthcare property managers are now choosing to outsource their building fabric upkeep requirements.

A holistic approach to healthy communities

An IBI architect explains the thinking behind the NHS England Healthy New Towns programme.

Tackling sanctuary and bereavement spaces

A Bristol-based arts consultancy has commissioned artists to redesign the Bereavement Suite and Sanctuary Space at Bristol Royal Infirmary to provide more solace and comfort to bereaved visitors and relatives as part of a major conversion and extension project.