Brandon appoints CEO ‘to drive accelerated growth’

Brandon appoints CEO ‘to drive accelerated growth’

Brandon Medical has appointed Keith Jackson as CEO in the wake of what it says is ‘accelerated growth’ over the past 18 months – ‘proof of an expanding manufacturing for export sector in the North of England’.
Former BBC studios to become ‘worldclass’ medical facility

Former BBC studios to become ‘worldclass’ medical facility

Birmingham’s Edgbaston Medical Quarter (EMQ) has received ‘the green light’ to improve the mix and medical facilities at Pebble Mill, the site of the former BBC Studios.
New energy centre to save £1m annually

New energy centre to save £1m annually

St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, is celebrating a major overhaul of its energy centre that the St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says will reduce the hospital’s annual energy bill by ‘at least 10 per cent’.
Cabinet re-shuffle heralds new Health Secretary

Cabinet re-shuffle heralds new Health Secretary

Matt Hancock (pictured), the MP for West Suffolk, has taken over as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care from Jeremy Hunt, who has been appointed Foreign Secretary following a Cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Sterile services apprenticeship

Sterile services apprenticeship

The first funded apprenticeship programme for sterile services technicians at Level 2 is now being delivered by Dynamic Training and Eastwood Park.

World’s ‘first smart fire door’ launched

Firedoors says its recent collaboration with alarm management specialist, Drax Technology, has resulted in the development of ‘the world’s first smart fire door’.
Mobile decontamination unit installed

Mobile decontamination unit installed

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions, which has recently launched a range of mobile endoscope decontamination units, has installed one of the first at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
St Thomas’ new emergency care department

St Thomas’ new emergency care department

Architects, ADP, and contractor, Logan Construction, have completed a major remodelling of London’s St Thomas’ Hospital – to create a new emergency care pathway in a dedicated emergency floor.

3T MRI scanner ‘lands’ at The London Clinic

The London Clinic, a private hospital and charity in Harley Street, will be the UK’s first hospital to offer patients the latest diagnostic imaging with the new Siemens Magnetom Vida 3T MRI scanner beginning this September Patients with cancer, orthopaedic, urology, and neurology conditions will benefit from high quality diagnostic scans with the latest 3T MRI technology.

Spire standardises on premium sanitaryware

Armitage Shanks, the expert washroom and bathroom solution manufacturer, has secured the national standardised sanitaryware and brassware specification for Spire Healthcare. Spire was impressed by the company’s new clinical ceramic collection, Contour 21+, and its new line of healthcare fittings, Markwik 21+, with the ‘comprehensive brassware and ceramic basin ranges’ selected based on their ‘specific infection control capabilities’.

Energy efficiency ‘top of the list’ for facilities managers

Energy efficiency is the most important credential when choosing a heat emitter, according to a recent poll of facilities managers. In a survey by OnePoll, in association with Jaga Heating Products – a leading UK specialist distributor of ‘energy-saving, low-water content heating products’, almost all (97%) of respondents said efficiency is important, while a quarter said it was the most important factor, alongside low running costs.

Proud to be ‘Made in Britain’

Washroom and water efficiency specialist, Cistermiser Keraflo, has joined industry body ‘Made in Britain’, which it says underlines its credentials as ‘the leading UK manufacturer in its sector’. As a member of the national network, the company can now carry ‘the number one marque’ of British manufacturing on its products and marketing literature. David Meacock, technical director for Cistermiser Keraflo, said: “In our industry relatively few products are made in the UK, but UK production is something we are committed to.

David Bailey wins two major hospital furniture contracts in Wales

David Bailey Furniture Systems has been chosen to supply furniture for two substantial hospital furniture refits based in Wales – the £6.5 million upgrade to maternity and neonatal services at the Prince Charles Hospital in Mid Glamorgan, and the £5.8 million ‘state-of-the-art’ refurbishment of the renal unit at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital. Selected by Interserve Building as its hospital furniture partner for both projects, it was tasked with sourcing fixtures, fittings, and equipment, to the value of over £90,000.

Sony Mobile’s 'Internet of Things' partnership with UK firm

Onecom, reportedly the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, has signed a UK partnership agreement with Sony Mobile Communications to sell, support, and develop the latter’s 'Internet of Things' (IoT) products and services. Sony Mobile will work with Onecom as its exclusive UK-headquartered partner for ‘Tracking Solutions’, and also collaborate with it on ‘a range of solutions driven by smart connected devices for use in cross-vertical applications including business, infrastructure, transport and the public sector’.

New St George’s energy centre to save £1m annually

St George’s Hospital in Tooting, South London, is celebrating a major overhaul of its energy centre that the St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says will reduce the hospital’s annual energy bill by ‘at least 10 per cent’, i.e. by up to £1m. Delivered by Centrica Business Solutions, the project is guaranteed to save the hospital over £1m per year with no upfront cost, while reducing its annual carbon emissions by 20 per cent (6,000 tonnes).

Zumtobel’s ‘one-stop’ solution for ‘flagship‘ Spire hospital

Luminaires from Zumtobel Group companies Zumtobel Lighting and Thorn Lighting have made an important contribution to the aesthetics, environment, and sustainability credentials, of the Spire Nottingham Hospital in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire. The two companies have supplied a range of fittings to illuminate all areas of the 58-bed hospital, including the main entrance, offices, consulting rooms, operating theatres, corridors, bedrooms, and nurse bases.

Frameworks designed to help cut energy bills

Infrastructure and healthcare planning consultancy, Essentia Trading, has launched two new frameworks it says are ‘designed to enable and encourage NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies to make savings on their energy bills, as well as drive efficiencies’. The first, a Battery Storage Framework Agreement, ‘provides a model for public sector bodies wishing to implement battery storage solutions within the perimeter of their electrical network’.

Data centre handed over at Glan Clwyd

Secure I.T. Environments, a UK designer and builder of modular and containerised data centres, has completed a new 41m² secondary data centre at the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), Wales’s largest health organisation. The hospital is currently undergoing a major redevelopment programme to modernise its existing buildings. As part of the work the Health Board identified the need for a new energy-efficient secondary data centre.

Healthcare innovators gather in Swindon

Healthcare innovators from across the West of England assembled in Swindon this month (June) ‘as part of a programme that aims to save the NHS millions by bringing the benefits of cutting-edge healthcare technology to patients faster’. The four-day Health Innovation Programme for health professionals, hosted by SETsquared and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), provided 17 healthcare ventures with an intensive course in taking innovations to market.

Guidance launched for catering equipment suppliers

Catering sector trade association, ceda, says its latest industry technical document offers guidance to catering equipment suppliers ‘often required to provide fire protection systems, but who regularly encounter problems ensuring that connections are made between the controls of the fire protection system and other systems, such as building management systems, kitchen extract fans, and fuel supplies’. ceda, which has jointly published the guidance, Interface between fire-fighting systems and other systems in commercial kitchens, with the Fire Industry Association (FIA), says there is ‘concern’ that the suppliers of other systems are ‘reluctant’ to make the connections for several reasons – including ‘fear of setting off the fire protection system’, ‘fear or reluctance to work in another contractor’s control box’, and ‘a lack of understanding of the relevance and importance of inter-connections between systems’.

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