Students tasked with designing mobile healthcare facility

Vanguard and Q-bital Healthcare Solutions say they are delighted to be supporting the Architectural Technology Department at the University of Huddersfield, where group of second year students have been given a brief to develop their own mobile healthcare facility. The aim is to design a mobile healthcare unit that could be easily deployed by the British Red Cross to support medical relief in any post-disaster and/or post-war situation.

The brief stipulates that the unit’s design should take into consideration the logistical challenge of deploying these portable and mobile facilities to different regions and environments across the world, as well as, and be sufficiently well equipped o provide medical relief for the affected population.

As a starting point for the project Vanguard and Q-bital Healthcare Solutions hosted the students at IHEEM’s Healthcare Estates Conference in Manchester in mid-October, where a Vanguard mobile laminar flow theatre was on display. The students were given a presentation on the demand drivers for flexible healthcare infrastructure, and the strict quality standards and regulations required for a healthcare environment. During the tour the students learnt about the challenges of integrating medical gases, water quality systems, and the rigorous demands of the laminar flow air handling system, which provides HEPA-filtered environmental air that conforms to Grade A EUGMP, with up to 60 air changes per hour passing over the patient.


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