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Respiratory support unit at Orpington hospital

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with Floyd Slaski Architects, is leading the development of a new respiratory support unit (RSU) at Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough Common near Orpington in Kent, particularly in Outpatients E, G&A Ward.

‘Game-changing’ elective orthopaedic centre opens in north-west London

A new £9.4 m surgical centre that will perform around 4,000 orthopaedic procedures a year has officially opened at Central Middlesex Hospital in London’s Park Royal.

Regeneration specialist to ‘transform’ Leeds’s Old Medical School

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has announced Scarborough Group International (SGI) – a UK privately-owned property regeneration specialist – as the preferred developer to ‘transform’ its historic Old Medical School at Leeds General Infirmary into ‘a globally recognised health-tech innovation hub’.

Two-storey endoscopy unit in Rugby handed over

Modular construction specialist, Portakabin – appointed design and build contractor on the project – has handed over a new HTM and HBN-compliant two-storey Endoscopy Unit at the Hospital of St Cross in Rugby to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust.

Peel-apart packs will support theatre air quality study

Cherwell, the cleanroom microbiology solutions expert, has developed a new peel-apart pack settle plate product to support a UK national study investigating the relationship between the microbiological quality of operating theatre air and infection rate.

Spire Healthcare invests £5.2m in solar technology in ‘landmark project’

Spire Healthcare – reportedly the UK’s first independent sector healthcare provider to commit to become carbon neutral by 2030 – has embarked on ‘a landmark project’ to install 12,155 solar panels at all its 38 hospitals across England, Wales, and Scotland this year.

NHSPS re-launches space management system

NHS Property Services has re-launched its established, award-winning space management system, NHS Open Space, which it says ‘will help benefit customers, landlords, and patients across the entire health system’.

Demand for biodegradable flushable wipes ‘set to rise’, manufacturer says

Demand for biodegradable flushable wipes is set to rise significantly following the Government’s decision to ban versions containing plastic, but – says DDC Dolphin – many ‘flushable’ wipes are not fully biodegradable, and can thus still block sluice machines, toilets, drains, and sewers.

Partnership will aim to significantly improve cleaning of endoscopes

Academics at Aston University are teaming up with Stoke-on-Trent-based medical product company, PFE Medical, which supplies endoscopy and healthcare disposables, to improve the cleaning of endoscopes.

Siemens Healthineers investing £250 m in new superconducting magnet facility

Siemens Healthineers has announced it is investing £250 million in a new facility in North Oxfordshire that will design and manufacture superconducting magnets used in healthcare facilities globally for MRI patient scans.

Manchester Trust seeks to reduce single plastic bottle use

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) has launched a new initiative to reduce single-use water bottles, installing hydration stations at two high-footfall locations at two of its hospitals that dispense free water refills for visitors and staff using their own reusable drinks vessel.

Groundbreaking for Yeovil District Hospital’s new Diagnostic Centre

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, recently joined Trust clinicians, representatives from InHealth – which will provide radiology and endoscopy services, Trust strategic estates partner, Prime plc, and funders, M&G Investment, at the ground breaking for a new diagnostic centre at Yeovil District Hospital.

'Mobile clinic’ to take care direct to Scotland’s most deprived communities

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) says it is improving care for people in some of Scotland’s most deprived communities – having converted a bus into a specialist clinic and taking it to their doorstep.

Former Technical director becomes CEO at CABE

CABE (the Chartered Association of Building Engineers) has announced that Richard Harral, formerly the Association’s Technical director, has been formally announced as its new Chief Executive.

Delivering safe hot water – to your door

This summer Horne Engineering, the specialist manufacturer of thermostatic showers, taps, and valves, is encouraging specifiers across the healthcare estate to take advantage of the better weather to ‘explore innovative thermostatic and temperature control solutions’ for their facilities via its mobile exhibition, or Roadshow.

Major redevelopment planned for former Newcastle hospital site

Genr8 Kajima Regeneration and its partnership with Newcastle University (Newcastle Genr8 Kajima) have secured planning consent for the £500 million Health Innovation Neighbourhood masterplan – which it says will which transform a former 29-acre general hospital site in the north-east city into ‘a new, ambitious neighbourhood’ combining housing, alongside public realm allied to modern healthcare, education, and community facilities that will ‘foster research, innovation, and enterprise’.

Willmott Dixon to build science R&D facility at Manchester Science Park

Willmott Dixon has been appointed as main contractor on the £60 m Greenheys development at Manchester Science Park for Bruntwood SciTech.

New phase for Monkwearmouth Hospital as redevelopment handed over

Monkwearmouth Development – a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures and Argon Property Development Solutions, with funding from Railpen, has handed over its first development to NTW Solutions at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland.

MTX secures dual contract to build CDCs in Lincoln and Skegness

Modern Methods of Construction specialist, MTX, has secured the dual contract to build Community Diagnostic Centres in Lincoln and Skegness (see artist’s impression), giving patients in Lincolnshire improved access to NHS diagnostic procedures including CT, X-ray, and ultrasound.

Geospatial system helps hospital manage RAAC risk

Airedale General Hospital near Keighley is using a new geospatial system to help manage its RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete) monitoring and repairs programme.

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