Wexham Park Hospital selects Advanced to protect new £49 million Emergency Assessment Centre

as part of a major upgrade to the hospital’s fire system. Wexham Park Hospital is a large acute


NHS hospital situated near Slough in Berkshire. The 588-bed hospital is one of three managed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation trust, one of the top performing NHS trusts in the UK. As well as the main hospital building, the site has a large post graduate building, ambulance station, staff accommodation and a new £49 million, state- of-the-art, four-storey Emergency Assessment Centre.

Responsible for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of

ndustry-leading MxPro 5 fire panels from global systems leader, Advanced, have been installed at Wexham Park Hospital

the system was Advanced’s partner, Static Systems Group, who install Advanced under their brand name Evo2. Static Systems completed the site-wide upgrade with 20 networked, MxPro 5 panels, 18 MxPro 5 repeater panels and 2000 Apollo field devices throughout a number of hospital buildings and departments including Intensive Care, Sterile Services, Radiology and its new 9,300 sq-metre Emergency Assessment Centre. Alex Southall, Proposals Manager at Static Systems, said: “We pride ourselves on our skills and expertise in working in challenging, live healthcare settings – it’s where we excel. We specified Advanced on this project thanks to the MxPro’s second-to-none networking capabilities, flexible multiprotocol platform and user-friendly interface. This enabled

Managing Compliant Changing Places

As NHS Trusts prepare to implement new funding to provide specialist accessible toilets – aka Changing Places – one company is reminding them of the need to ensure the facility delivers on its promise. The Department of Health & Social Care has announced £2m to fund at least 100 Changing Places assisted accessible toilets in NHS hospitals throughout England. Closomat, a leading supplier & installer of such facilities, is also the only company that can offer complete project management of the installation. Uniquely, it is also the only company of its kind that is fully CDM (Construction Design & Management) compliant. Warns Claire Haymes, Closomat CDM Compliance & Project Co-Ordinator, “Disabled people make up more than a third of patients who access NHS services; they also access those services more than able people. Many of them need the extra space and equipment provided by a Changing Places, but not available in conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets. Yet only about 20 per cent of hospitals in England have Changing Places. Closomat has been involved with the Changing Places campaign almost from the outset.

0161 969 1199 Healing Acoustics

According to healing design principles, superior acoustics in hospitals are recognised as one of the most impor- tant factors in their design. This is being proved in an innovative temporary patient room for a major new hospital being built in Copenhagen. Bispebjerg hospital is an ultramodern psychiatric project covering 22,500sqm which includes an emergency admission unit and provides 200 rooms for patients. The study focuses on creating a stress-free environment where patients feel secure and at peace. In this room, the lighting is a combination of natural daylight and dynamic LED lighting that is specially adapted to suit the circadian rhythm. Good acoustics are ensured by light coloured Troldtekt ceiling panels in a fine finish, while the walls have been clad with acoustic oak slats which provide natural ventilation with more fresh air and reduced solar gain in the summer months. Specified throughout the UK and Europe, the benefits of 100 per cent Troldtekt natural wood wool panels include high sound absorption, high durability, natural breathability, low cost life cycle performance and sustainability as documented by Cradle to Cradle certification at silver level.

Static Systems to deliver a seamless installation with minimal disruption to the everyday workings of the clinical teams.” MxPro 5 is the fire industry’s leading multiprotocol fire system solution and was recently certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard. It offers customers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and a completely open installer network, backed up by free training and support. MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas. MxPro’s legendary ease of installation and configuration and wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application.

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