RECENT PRODUCT NEWS

Meeting demand for emergency care – fast

Meeting demand for emergency care – fast

Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey chose a Yorkon off-site building solution from the Portakabin Group for a new 34-bed emergency care ward to help address increased pressure, particularly during peak periods, by expanding capacity.
Division’s biggest project yet

Division’s biggest project yet

A ‘highly complex’, 4,200 m2 two-storey ward and theatre building at Royal Stoke University Hospital has been constructed by Portakabin Hire in under four months to help meet increasing demand for orthopaedic services.
‘Misconceptions’ easily dispelled

‘Misconceptions’ easily dispelled

Many people’s views of modular buildings – and particularly the ‘misconception’ that they offer neither the longevity nor performance of more ‘traditionally’ built structures – are based on outdated views, and fail to consider recent years’ significant advances in modular building design, claims Wernick, reportedly the UK’s largest independent hirer and manufacturer of modular and portable buildings.
Time for an MGPS refresh?

Time for an MGPS refresh?

If, as an Authorised or Competent Person MGPS, you last attended MGPS training three or more years ago, ‘then it’s highly likely you are due for a refresher course’, says Eastwood Park’s Medical Gas portfolio manager, Michael Ell (pictured), who stresses the need to ensure that all engineers’ competencies are current.
‘Whisper quiet’ compressors

‘Whisper quiet’ compressors

A new range of ‘whisper quiet’ and ultra-low vibration air compressors from BOGE Compressors delivers oil-free compressed air for use in clean and sensitive environments.
Making shutdowns easier

Making shutdowns easier

BOC has introduced a new backfeed service, which it says makes shutdowns easier to handle.
Oil-free option for hospitals

Oil-free option for hospitals

With oil-free medical compressors used in many applications where clean air is an absolute requirement – such as the food and pharmaceutical sectors, BeaconMedaes says there is strong case for such technology’s use in hospital medical gas supply, ‘where clean breathing air is so vital’.
‘Top-of the range’ macerator

‘Top-of the range’ macerator

The Quattro from Haigh is a ‘top-of-the range’ macerator that ‘builds on years of engineering and manufacturing expertise’, with infection control considerations ‘at the heart of every aspect of the design’
More time for patient care

More time for patient care

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has installed Vernacare’s Vortex human waste disposal units across its University Hospital Wales site.
High throughput barrier washers

High throughput barrier washers

Hygienic processing of laundry is particularly important in healthcare facilities, and indeed infections could be traced back to the processing of contaminated laundry not thoroughly cleaned.

Tropical medicine school project for MAT

Medical Air Technology (MAT) recently completed a project at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) – the world’s oldest school in the field – increasing laboratory capacity to accommodate a new machine for counting and profiling cells.
Bug-busting laminate

Bug-busting laminate

Every day in Europe, one patient in 18 contracts at least one hospital-acquired infection, a 2011-2012 European survey conducted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals

‘Iconic’ tap improved

Designed very much with infection control in mind, Bristan’s ‘new and improved version’ of its ‘iconic’ H64 tap includes a removable spout (with an angled waterway to help drain excess water) to assist in the cleaning regime, with an in-box choice of either open flow outlet or laminar flow straightener for greater flexibility.
Terminal units combat cross-infection

Terminal units combat cross-infection

To aid infection control in high-risk areas, medical gas systems specialist, BeaconMedaes, embeds Addmaster anti-microbial protection into components including its terminal units, alarms, and valve boxes
Door closer ticks fire safety boxes

Door closer ticks fire safety boxes

Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers tick all the right boxes when it comes to fire safety and are particularly well-suited for installation in all types of healthcare facilities.

Addressing the ‘feelgood factor’

Against a backdrop where ‘the feelgood factor is growing in importance both in healthcare and education facilities’, and with a trend towards the use of more authentic materials, nora systems’ new noraplan valua rubber flooring ‘combines warm colours and natural surface structure’.
Getting away from the utilitarian

Getting away from the utilitarian

To ‘break away from the utilitarian designs typically associated with contract safety flooring’, Gerflor has ‘coupled its technical expertise with excellence in designing’ in creating its latest safety flooring innovation, Taralay Impression Control.

Multiple benefits for young people’s mental health unit

Four designs and eight colourways from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum floor collection have created a durable, design-led, resilient surface flooring solution for NHS Tayside’s new CAMHS unit in Dundee.
Versatility, durability, and aesthetics

Versatility, durability, and aesthetics

Reportedly ideally suited to a range of applications in healthcare buildings, Sika’s ‘seamless’ ComfortFloor range of resin flooring is said to offer ‘true quality, durability, and versatility’ as an ‘attractive alternative’ to traditional vinyl flooring, carpet, or timber.

Still performing a decade on

Against a backdrop of a potential £30 bn shortfall in NHS funding by 2020/ 2021, long-term value, durability, and flexibility, are paramount when specifying products for refurbishment.

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