Earlier this year, international contractor, Brookfield Multiplex, handed over Scotland’s largest new hospital project to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Renamed South Glasgow University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the campus contains maternity, paediatric and adult hospitals all integrated onto a single site. This enormous construction project was delivered 5 weeks ahead of schedule and under its £840m budget.
Horne Engineering Ltd, designers, developers and manufacturers of thermostatic mixing valves, shower valves and the Building Better Healthcare award-winning Optitherm tap is proud to have played a relatively small part in the development of the two hospitals. Since 2012, Horne has supplied 2558 Optitherm thermostatic taps for all clinical and surgical hand wash facilities and over-sluice troughs. 1313 specialised thermostatic shower panels for patient use have also been supplied. The shower panels feature Inclusive design components such as moulded lever controls, easy to see and operate riser mechanism and a riser bar that can double as a grab rail. These components are paired with an easy clean, anti-kink hose and single function shower handset as required by HTM 04-01.
The hospital is primarily made up of single en-suite patient rooms that all feature an Optitherm tap and a shower panel with pipe cover in the en-suite. Every bed bay benefits from an Optitherm clinical hand wash station with shared accessible shower rooms. Ward areas, such as Critical Care, use a configuration of Optitherm taps over clinical wash-hand basins back-to-back with sluice troughs.
In consultation with their client, the project team from Brookfield Multiplex and M & E sub-contractor Mercury Engineering selected the Horne products for a number of reasons including their robustness of design and manufacture, ease of installation, ease of cleaning and maintenance as well as Horne’s ability to adapt the products for full compatibility with the pipe and panelling systems that were to be used on site.
In the few remaining days before patient admissions begin, Horne continues to work closely with the Estates and Infection Prevention teams: providing technical advice and product training for staff to ensure operational longevity and optimal benefit from infection control features for long term healthcare delivery and cost benefit. For more information please visit www.horne.co.uk. Optitherm training resources at http://goo.gl/Jm94EE