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’.

'Signature' wallpaper designs for West Middlesex

Renowned artist, Marthe Armitage, was recently commissioned by hospital charity, CW+, to install her intricate ‘signature’ wallpaper designs in the Cardiac Care Unit and older patient wards at West Middlesex University Hospital, ‘to transform the environment for patients and their families’. Marthe Armitage produces hand-printed wallpapers using the traditional technique of lino block printing, from her studio in Chiswick. A variety of her iconic and distinctive designs have been digitally printed using the latest technology onto vinyl which is a suitable material for the hospital environment. The designs were selected following a consultation process by CW+ with patients and staff.

Breathe Energy wins EPC at Kent Trust

Breathe Energy has announced a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) win to deliver energy savings to the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust estate. The programme of works under the agreed EPC will be fully financed, with the energy savings then used to repay the loan. Breathe Energy has commenced the initial stage energy audit of the estate, which is due to complete in July.

ProCure22 approval for flooring specialist

Forbo Flooring Systems has been appointed as an approved supplier on the Department of Health’s ProCure22 Framework for NHS and social care construction schemes in England – meaning that its floorcovering solutions, ‘from entrance to exit’, are approved for the healthcare environment. The flooring company said: “The ProCure22 (P22) process is designed to achieve improved value for money and reduce exposure to risk through a simplified procurement procedure.

NHS SBS Framework appoints architects

AFL Architects has been appointed once more to the NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Construction Consultancy framework as architects, lead consultants, and contract administrators.

£200 m of capital for energy projects and backlog

With Carbon and Energy Fund (CEF) Frameworks having already procured over £250 m of projects ‘in the process of delivering gross savings of £50 m plus’, and 245,000 t/CO2 per annum, The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (COCH) and the CEF have unveiled their latest Framework.

‘Sustainable construction champion’

‘Ethical and sustainable construction champion’, Dr Shamir Ghumra, formerly director of Sustainable Products at the multi-disciplinary building science centre, BRE, has taken on a new role there, as director of BREEAM – ‘the leading international portfolio of sustainability standards (including CEEQUAL and Home Quality Mark) that has been driving global improvements in buildings and infrastructure for over two decades’.
New ‘network’ established to represent community services

New ‘network’ established to represent community services

A new network has been launched ‘to represent the community services sector and forge better links with the rest of health and social care’.
Video service ‘connects’ parents with child’s progress

Video service ‘connects’ parents with child’s progress

A secure video messaging service that ‘connects parents with their child’s progress’ in NHS neonatal units is being introduced by Trusts across the country.

H&V event in historic London setting

A meeting of the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Energy Technical Platform, and accompanying Symposium, on 25 June in The Great Hall at London’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital, will focus on topics ranging from ‘The new IHEEM AE(V) Register, and why it is needed’, to ‘What to watch out for in isolation rooms’.

‘Antibacterial’ wallpaper adds colour

Creator of ‘made-to-measure’ wallpaper murals,, says it can now offer ‘an antibacterial and antimicrobial wallpaper for the healthcare sector’.
Planning permission secured for new ‘specialist hospital’

Planning permission secured for new ‘specialist hospital’

Prime has secured planning permission for a £65 million specialist hospital facility on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus, Birmingham, which it says will deliver high quality acute healthcare for private patients in the region, and provide additional capacity and specialist facilities for NHS patients.
Reducing the risks of trips and slips

Reducing the risks of trips and slips

Coulsdon-based emergency cleaning company, CleanSafe Services (UK), has ‘launched a campaign’ to remind businesses across key sectors – including healthcare – ‘of the urgent need to safeguard staff and customers by applying an anti-slip coating to highrisk floors’.
‘Major milestone’ at Dulwich development

‘Major milestone’ at Dulwich development

Construction work is set to commence at the Dulwich Community Hospital site in East Dulwich Grove in south London after the project reached financial close on 1 May
Bristol cancer centre fire sees patients evacuated

Bristol cancer centre fire sees patients evacuated

A plant room fire at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre (BHOC), part of the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), early on 10 May, saw the evacuation of 53 patients to other wards in the BRI and the Bristol Heart Institute.

Be part of ‘the’ global FM gathering this month in London

An event claimed to be ‘the largest event in the FM calendar’ – The Facilities Show 2018, being held in association with the BIFM and CBRE, will see ‘FM professionals from across the globe’ descend on ExCel London from 19-21 June.
Tailored courses for Water Safety Group members

Tailored courses for Water Safety Group members

The management, design, operation, maintenance, and cleaning, of a healthcare facility’s water systems and point-of-use services form the brief for the multi-disciplinary Water Safety Group (WSG) that leads on safe water in today’s healthcare environment.
Letter to PM calls for regulatory changes

Letter to PM calls for regulatory changes

In a letter to the Prime Minister, leading fire safety experts and advocates have urged the Government ‘to implement immediately three important regulatory changes’ they say will ‘significantly improve fire safety for high-rise and highrisk buildings’.

St Thomas’ new emergency care department completed

Architects, ADP, and contractor, Logan Construction, have completed a major remodelling of one of London’s busiest hospitals – St Thomas’ Hospital – to create a new emergency care pathway in a dedicated emergency floor. A new clinical decisions unit is the last phase to be finished in a programme that brings together a new majors area, 62 acute assessment ward beds, emergency paediatric services, a children’s short stay unit, and a centralised urgent care centre. The new resuscitation area, with larger treatment cubicles and dedicated trauma and isolation rooms, now sits at the department’s heart.

Unprecedented demand ‘and other pressures’ see NHS providers overspend

The high level of demand on the service and 'a combination of other pressures' led to an overspend in the NHS provider sector in 2017-18, with the sector as a whole having a deficit of £960 million at the end of 2017-18. NHS Improvement, which released the data in its report, Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector: quarter 4 2017/18, said this was ‘£464 m above what was anticipated by trusts at the start of the year and £30 m above what the sector anticipated at the end of December’. More than two thirds of providers (156 out of 234 Trusts), however, finished the year ‘at or better than planned financially’, while the provider sector deficit for the past financial year was £1.5 billion down on the 2015-16 figure of £2.45 billion.

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