Category Archives: Health

Vistamatic exhibitors panels

Vistamatic Ltd is the leading brand in privacy vision panels offering a wide range of triple-glazed viewing panels suitable for all healthcare including a specific range of products designed for high security mental health environments.

The Vistamatic® anti-ligature vision panel is designed in accordance with the Department of Health guidelines offering a combination of high integrity glazing whilst incorporating a stainless steel frame and anti-ligature device and features the VistaGlide™ IAS (Impact Absorption System), providing silent operation. The durable reliability of a Vistamatic® vision panel is endorsed by a Lifetime Warranty.

New ventilation brochure highlights energy saving and health benefits of fresh air

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new ventilation brochure showing how mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) and air handling units (AHU) can help benefit any building from a major commercial building, school or office to a single home.

According the World Health Organisation, we spend around 90% of our time indoors, so good air quality within buildings is vital if we are to avoid sick building syndrome and the negative health effects of excess humidity and stale polluted air.

Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth

Polyflor is pleased to announce that an extensive collection of it’s flooring products have just been installed in the new Maternity Unit at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth for Hywel Dda University Health Board. The new hospital marks a major investment of £38million by the Welsh Assembly Government, the maternity unit of which opened in April 2014. Craftsman Flooring Ltd of Swansea installed over 5000m2 of 2000 PUR, Pearlazzo PUR, Polysafe Hydro Evolve, Polysafe Standard PUR and Polysafe Wood FX PUR. This vast array of products featured through the delivery suits, as well as the usual support rooms and offices.

Rubber floors for OT ergonomics

The operating theatres of a hospital play a key role in its business success. The choice of quality, long lasting materials for the construction or renovation of OTs therefore constitutes a crucial economic factor. This holds true in particular for the floor covering, which in addition must fulfil stringent hygiene requirements. Floor coverings of rubber as they are offered by nora combine the solutions to all of these diverse requirements.

New Stokvis interface units at the Energy and Environment Expo

Stokvis Energy Systems will be showcasing recent product developments at the Energy & Environment Expo, ExCeL London, 17-19 June 2014.

The Stokvis stand No. L1610 will feature a selection of the company’s high performance products and systems which are suitable for a diverse range of applications, including commercial, education, healthcare, hotels and leisure projects.

Skyfold Delivers Open-Plan Healthcare

Reflecting trends in the US, partitioning experts Style reports a rise in enquiries from within the healthcare sector for their Skyfold vertical-folding, automatic moveable wall.

“Design of healthcare facilities is moving forward,” confirms Julian Sargent, MD for Style. “Areas as diverse as operating theatres to dental practices need to work harder. They must be capable of being quickly adapted to respond to changing requirements throughout the day.” Installed in countless healthcare environments throughout the US, Style is the exclusive UK partner for the Skyfold partitioning system which is ideally suited to the exacting demands of such facilities.

Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli

Polyflor’s Forest fx PUR collection of wood effect Sheet vinyl floorcoverings featured extensively in Hywel Dda Health Board’s new Mynydd Mawr Rehabilitation Unit at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli. The single storey extension marks an investment of £870,000 by the Health Board and opened in October 2013. Installed by Swansea based Artisan Flooring, over 500m² of Polyflor products were used in the project including Forest fx PUR to bedroom and circulation areas, Polysafe Hydro to en-suite bathrooms and Polysafe Modena PUR and Vogue Ultra PUR to utility rooms.

Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals, Wirral

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has appointed UK energy management and combined heat and power (CHP) specialist ENER-G to modernise its energy infrastructure across two acute hospitals, by utilising the Carbon and Energy Fund framework, funding, process and contract.

Armitage Shanks Tackles Pseudomonas With New Markwik Demountable Hospital Mixer Range With Removable Spout

Armitage Shanks, the UK’s leading manufacturer of commercial sanitaryware and fittings, has introduced a new demountable hospital mixer with a detachable spout to its Markwik range.

Door closer gains in health sector

Powermatic concealed door closers are becoming increasingly popular for new-build and improvement projects throughout the healthcare sector thanks to the many safety and hygiene benefits that it offers.

Murray Royal Hospital, Perth

The new £75 million Murray Royal Hospital, Perth was officially opened by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond last year. The hospital provides state-of-the-art mental healthcare for adults from across Tayside.

Craven Dunnill tiles selected for NHS Health Centre

Craven Dunnill, the ceramic tiles distributor, has supplied high quality, slip resistant floor tiles for the £6.8 million new-build NHS Health Centre at Alcester. The company was able to fulfil the detailed specification with one of its stocked, contract tile ranges, supplying 600 x 600mm porcelain floor tiles for the high footfall areas of the pharmacy, main reception area and corridors.

Helping fight hospital acquired infection rate with revolutionary new sealed lighting units

MHA Lighting’s award winning TiLite range is providing exceptional lighting to the healthcare sector and NHS.

MHA Lighting’s patented LED lighting technology has been designed to stop dust, bacteria and dead insects from gathering around warm light fittings and spreading deadly superbugs.

Design and functionality for the floor

Floors in hospitals have to meet more stringent requirements than floors in practically any other building. Heavy traffic in the main entrance, corridors and diagnostic areas that are subjected to severe strain from moving beds and heavy equipment around, intensively used operating theatres with their high standards of hygiene: all these different areas place varying demands on the floor covering.

Whipps Cross University Hospital, East London

As with any hospital, hygiene was a key requirement in the selection of Knauf AMF ceilings for several building projects at Whipps Cross University Hospital in East London. Knauf AMF ceilings solutions were specified for the new maternity wing – comprising obstetrics theatre suite with recovery room.

Blackpool Hospital benefits from relationship with Rada

Market leading washroom controls manufactured by Rada, the pioneer of both mechanical and cutting edge digital washroom technology, have been supplied to the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Lancashire as part of an ongoing relationship.

Southampton Hospital gets specialist Trespa treatment

A major construction and refurbishment programme at Southampton General Hospital has seen a number of key buildings given a fresh outlook thanks to Trespa® Meteon® facade panels.

Rada makes sense for Aintree Hospital Trust

Rada, the pioneer of digital washroom technology, is supplying itsRada Sense clinical washroom controls to Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool.

Intastop demonstrates leading products at Healthcare Estates

Intastop, leading innovator of door, wall and anti-ligature protection for the healthcare industry will be featuring its unique Door Top Alarm at this year’s Healthcare Estates Exhibition. Also showcased on stand D30 will be the company’s renowned Antibacterial Impact Protection Sheet plus a new product line, Finger Safety Hinges.

Dementia care to figure strongly at Harrogate Commercial Flooring Conference, 2 – 3 September

When it comes to the responsibilities of architects as designers and specifiers, the healthcare environment is one of the most challenging there is. 

Latest guide helps healthcare designers

Desiging better healthcare facilities is the aim of a new guide produced by flooring experts Tarkett.

The company has drawn on its 130 years of commercial flooring expertise to produce the guide which covers all areas of healthcare, from sanitary facilities to operating theatres and pharmacies.

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing launches new mobile patient hoist range for the care environment

Gainsborough Specialist Bathing, Europe’s leading choice in assistive bath provision, installation and support, has launched a new series of Glide mobile patient hoists for the care environment.

Rubber floorings are the favourite choice

The noraplan sentica rubber floor covering from nora systems has won the gold Nightingale Award. Inaugurated in 1990, the Nightingale Award is one of the most prestigious design prizes awarded by the healthcare industry in the USA. Named after the famous British nurse Florence Nightingale, the award is traditionally presented in the run-up to the Healthcare Design Conference.

Delivering Safe Hot Water in Healthcare Facilities

Every year an average of 15 people over the age of 65 suffer fatal injuries as a result of scalding by hot water. HSE* guidance document L8 recommends that in areas at risk of contamination by Legionella, hot water should be stored at or above 60°C, distributed at 55°C minimum and delivered to points-of-use at 50°C. However, this increases the risk of scalding considerably, especially in hospitals or residential care facilities where patients or residents have reduced sensitivity or slower reflexes. Various technologies are now available that can mitigate this risk while ensuring HSE guidelines can be met.

Building better healthcare

Visqueen Building Products is playing a part in one of largest design and construction projects seen in Scotland in recent years. The leading manufacturer of building films is supplying structural waterproofing and site protection products for use at the New South Glasgow Hospital, which is being built by Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Limited in the south-west of the city.

Contour Casings Ltd

Pioneering microbiological research by leading LST radiator specialists, Contour Casings, is beginning to shed light on the levels of potentially harmful bacteria that could be present inside radiator guards located in a healthcare environment.

Pegler Yorkshire Leads the Way in Design of New Hospital Tap

Plumbing systems manufacturer and the company behind the UK’s first Antimicrobial Copper tap, Pegler Yorkshire is, in line with the recommendations set out by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), leading the way for all manufacturers to improve designs of mixer taps suitable for the healthcare environment. 

New Wing opens at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy

The new wing at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, Fife is now open. The 500 bed extension to the existing hospital was delivered by Balfour Beatty for NHS Fife through a Public Private Partnership.

Renderplas Takes Care Of Sustainability

PVCu external render beads from Renderplas are part of the sustainability detailing of a new care home in Dundee for the Balhousie Care Group.

Renderplas PVCu beads are both sustainable in their manufacture, and are contributing to the effectiveness of the highly insulated structural envelope of the Clement Park Care Home, preventing thermal bridges which could be introduced when using steel beads, and which would result in heat loss and cold areas. White corner, stop and movement joint render beads from the Renderplas range have been used in the project to complement a Kilwaughter K Rend system, consisting of a polymer-modified cement-based scratch coat under a brilliant white top coat render spray-applied to a depth of 15mm.

All new Balhousie care home projects are designed with a substantial focus on sustainability and include features such as triple glazed windows, solar water heating and the use of eco-friendly building products. Renderplas PVCu beads offer a low carbon solution for such projects as they are manufactured locally from 100% recycled material, will last the lifetime of the render, and have achieved an “excellent” Ecopoint rating of just 0.004 per kg installed.

External rendering of the Clement Park Care Home was completed by the Specialist Works Division of Muirfield Contracts Ltd of Dundee. Approved applicators of all the major render systems, the Division recommends Renderplas PVCu beads as a durable, cost-effective solution for all types of rendering contract, from social housing and student residences to multi-storey office blocks. Renderplas beading is manufactured from a scratch-resistant PVCu material that does not corrode, like metal beading, if it becomes exposed. Bill Morrison, Estimator for Muirfield Contracts, says: “In addition to their longer life, Renderplas PVCu beads are really easy to work with on site and they tick all the right boxes when it comes to sustainability, which is an increasingly important consideration for today’s building specifiers and designers.”

The Clement Park Care Home specified Renderplas 15mm Corner Beads for rendered corners and reveals to ensure a straight arris and to provide protection against impact. Stop Beads from the Renderplas range in either 15mm or 10mm sizes (depending on render depth) have been used to prevent cracking around door and window surrounds, while 15mm Movement Joint Beads are installed in areas with a structural movement joint under the render.

Intelligent flooring cleans up at Pinderfields Hospital

Works have recently completed on the £311 million project for the new build Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, where Tarkett flooring has been installed to provide a high performance, decorative solution that also offers outstanding life cycle and sustainability properties.

The new hospital has been designed with patients and staff at its heart, providing greater comfort, privacy and dignity alongside the latest equipment and technology. The new facility includes 708 beds, 50% of which are single en-suite rooms, along with 46 departments and a stand-alone pathology building.

“Balfour Beatty is committed to conducting all aspects of its operations in an environmentally responsible manner from design, through to construction, maintenance, operation and refurbishment”, commented Rob Preston, Senior Project Manager. “Tarkett supported the project’s sustainability targets by taking back over 40 tonnes of off-cuts for recycling into new vinyl flooring”.

Over 70,000m2 of Tarkett products were installed throughout Pinderfields, including Granit Multisafe and Eminent Safe T safety flooring for wet areas, and iQ Granit for general wards and all circulation zones. The iQ range is part of Tarkett’s choice of sustainable solutions. iQ products are based on up to 59% natural raw materials, such as salt and mineral fillers and Tarkett uses local suppliers wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of transportation. They also contain 25% post-production and 0.5% post-installation recycled materials.

Tarkett’s iQ range delivers valuable health, hygiene and welfare benefits needing no wax or polish forever thanks to the unique Surface Restoration properties. This reduces the strain on cleaning staff and minimises the need for water, detergent and energy for cleaning and maintenance, offering cost savings of up to 30%. Very low VOC emissions contribute to good indoor air quality (less than 100 µg/m3 at 28 days), which is particularly important for healthcare facilities.

As one of the first flooring companies to recycle post-production waste, Tarkett now operates a system for collecting post-installation waste, known as ReUse. Given the requirement to reduce waste on large-scale construction projects, the facility to collect and recycle off-cuts and waste materials from site is an important consideration when selecting a supplier.