RECENT PRODUCT NEWS

Easier control for patients with less hand strength

New for public and semi-public washrooms, the Conti+ lino SofTouch tap needs only gentle pressure to activate the water flow, which the shower and washrooms solutions specialist says makes it particularly suitable for patients with less hand strength and dexterity.

MAT provides new UCV canopies for Torbay Hospital refurb and upgrade

Medical Air Technology (MAT) has recently competed work at Torbay Hospital, installing two of its new ECO-flow ultraclean ventilation (UCV) canopies as part of a major theatre refurbishment project there.

Major furniture contract for UCLH cancer facility

David Bailey Furniture Systems (DBFS), has been selected by Bouygues UK to provide healthcare furniture for the new University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) Proton Beam Therapy facility, currently under construction on the site of the hospital’s former Rosenheim Wing, and expected to treat its first PBT patients during 2021.

Revolving door’s claimed ‘world first’

Meesons, a provider of anti-tailgating entrance control solutions, has introduced Rev 190, which it claims is the world’s first revolving door to achieve certification to Loss Prevention Standard (LPS) 1175: Issue 8 up to C5 (SR3).

Addenbrooke’s the first UK hospital with new bedhead trunking solution

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Static Systems Group to upgrade the nurse call and bedhead services trunking in Ward C5, the dedicated Dialysis Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Hull hospitals invest in theatre environmental monitoring systems

Hull University Teaching NHS Trust has bought three SAS Super 180 air samplers from specialist supplier of environmental monitoring and process validation systems, Cherwell Laboratories, for environmental monitoring of the operating theatres at its Castle Hill Hospital near Cottingham and Hull Royal Infirmary, to ensure surgical site cleanliness for infection control purposes.

Managing asset tracking in busy hospitals

Multitone says its workflow mobile tasking ‘app’ can ‘minimise the risks to patient care caused by difficulties in locating beds, mattresses, and other vital healthcare equipment. The company said: “When a specific item is required, it can take hours, or even days, to locate. Consider how many thousands of pieces of equipment there are in a typical hospital, and the size of the problem becomes clear. This can include missing beds, mattresses, drip stands, and even syringe drivers, to name but a few commonly misplaced items.”

Providing privacy and segregation ‘in minutes’

Specialist in folding partitions and acoustic moveable walls, Building Additions, says that with continuing pressures on bed space, it has enabled many UK hospitals to make their wards more flexible in the past year, and enhance infection control via segregation, through the provision of its folding fabric partitions. Healthcare facilities it has supplied partitions to include St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Victoria Hospital, Wallasey, Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley, Airedale General, Keighley, and the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

‘Second surge of interest’ reported

Installing miniature thermocouple connection ports as a Legionella control solution for hard-to-reach water assets could soon become a regular feature of hospital new-build specifications, claims UK thermometer manufacturer, TM Electronics UK.

‘Everything Healthcare’ brochure

Geberit and Twyford have launched a new brochure – ‘Everything Healthcare’ – revealing the Geberit Group’s ‘unique understanding’ of the healthcare industry, and its ability ‘to provide the perfect all-round piping and sanitaryware solution to the sector’.

Augmenting independence

Horne says its enhanced inclusive design grab and riser rail are designed to augment independence for less able shower users.

Integration and control for tomorrow’s theatres– ‘4K integrated OR’

According to Brandon Medical, ‘the operating theatre has been dramatically changed’ – minimally invasive surgery means more equipment has to be integrated and controlled, with a need for complex audio-video solutions required, and, of course, the associated medical IT, UPS systems, gases, and specialised carts.

Online tool to simplify brick selection

Manufacturer of clay bricks, Ibstock, has launched a new ‘flagship’ range of bricks, the I-Range, aimed at architects and specifiers ‘looking for a unique product with unparalleled expert support’ – in the shape of its Design Advisors.

Innovation brought to the table

Merivaara has launched two new operating tables – the Smarter Practico and Grand Promerix – exclusively distributed by Bender UK in the UK and Ireland.

New Fire Door Maintenance Guide

With fire doors critical to the safety of healthcare buildings – as they help prevent or delay the spread of fire and smoke, and provide staff and patients with time to evacuate to a safe area – the latest guide from Construction Specialties explains how to maintain fire doors to ensure their continuous, reliable performance.

Italian-made grab rails with antimicrobial protection now available in UK

Intastop can now offer UK healthcare customers an Italian-made range of grab rails with antimicrobial protection and ‘anti-slip credentials’. The Tubocolor grab rails from Ponte Giulio are ‘warm-to-the-touch’, and have ‘a non-slip, yet smooth’ finish. Intastop says they ‘bring a new dimension of safety and infection control to more elements of building interior specification, in both new build projects and refurbishments’.

A ‘system thinking’ approach to wastewater treatment

Veolia Water Technologies UK (VWT UK) describes its new Aquavista Plant system as ‘the future of real-time monitoring’. The ‘suite of digital solutions to help water treatment and water management professionals respond to environmental, compliance, and market challenges’ has already been successfully implemented on a number of projects across Europe.

LST radiators for refurbished cancer ward

Seventy-five Zehnder low surface temperature (LST) radiators in various sizes have been fitted as part of a scheduled refurbishment of an existing cancer ward at Withybush Hospital in Havefordwest into a modern, 18-bed haematology, oncology, and complex palliative care unit. Once £3.15 m in funding was received by the Hywel Dda University Health Board from the Welsh Government, and plans for the project had been approved by the Board in September 2017, work on the refurbishment began in 2018. The ward is expected to be completed early this year. The Health Board says the refurbished Ward 10 will offer ‘a calm, welcoming and safe environment’ for cancer patients with complex palliative needs, those suffering from sepsis, and those requiring isolation.

Effective disinfection of sensitive areas

MAT FM can now offer hydrogen peroxide decontamination of operating theatres, recovery areas, critical care, sterile services, aseptic suites, cleanrooms, and containment laboratories. The process can be undertaken by MAT’s trained service engineers prior to handover of a completed new-build or refurbishment project, as part of a regular periodic maintenance proposition, or as an emergency call-out. The system reportedly kills ‘at least 99.99% of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and mould, and offers outstanding support to any infection prevention and hygiene regime’.

Stainless steel WC now in a white finish

British manufacturer, Pland Stainless, has introduced a new white powder coated version of its ‘popular’ Atlanta 2 back-to-wall WC pan.