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.

The 'new-look' ward will feature:

  • Five en-suite beds for sepsis patients and those requiring isolation facilities;
  • Two single bedded bays to enable greater privacy during care;
  • Two four-bedded and one three-bedded bay for oncology, haematology, and complex palliative care patients.
  • An improved overnight facility for relatives.
  • A dedicated day room for patients.

Bullock Consulting, given the task of specifying the products for the project, specified Zehnder’s low-surface temperature (LST) radiators to be used throughout, ‘thanks to their robust build and reliability, and their capacity to provide warm and comfortable environment for patients’. The heating contractor was FP Hurley from Cross Hands.

The radiators feature throughout the ward, in the bedded bays, the separate isolation rooms, and the communal areas such as day rooms and relatives’ room. The brief required that

the products specified must be durable, and able to withstand knocks and movement,

while having an attractive aesthetic and a modern appearance to fit with the rest of the ward. Cost-efficiency was key, and the chosen the radiators needed to be easy to install, maintain, and clean, As the development was a refurbishment of an existing ward, contractors had to work with existing windowsill heights and lengths between structural columns.

Zehnder says its LST radiators are ‘a perfect solution for patient rooms and communal areas’ – the low surface temperature makes them safe to be touched, while with the ability to conform to all relevant NHS guidelines, and tested to current EN442 requirements, the Zehnder LST is suitable for hospitals, care homes, and other healthcare premises. They are also available ‘made to measure’.

Paul Bullock, of Bullock Consulting, said: “I’ve worked with Zehnder before, and know its products to be reliable, efficient, and long-lasting. In a hospital setting, products must be able to take a knock, as well as looking appealing and doing a highly efficient job. The Zehnder LSTs are well known for their efficiency, durability, and ease of install, so were the ideal choice for this project.”