and delivering of vaccinations, but also to maximise the comfort of patients receiving treatment.

Impermanent buildings are generally not fitted with an HVAC system which means indoor temperatures are generally reflective of those outside. With winter nearly in full swing, it would be negligible to overlook the potential impact the cold might have on some of the country’s most vulnerable demographics.

With patient wellbeing always the primary concern, it must be recognised that poor or insufficient temperature control can lead to other issues. Excessively warm, humid or unventilated rooms can dramatically increase the risk of airborne diseases spreading. The survival rate of influenza, for example, is at its lowest when temperatures are at 21°C and relative humidity is between 40% and 60%.

“Environmental controls are critical for the handling and delivering of vaccinations, but

also to maximise the comfort of patients receiving treatment.”

These parameters underline the importance of maintaining the correct indoor conditions while reinforcing the dangers of overlooking the effect they can have on patients.

It is for these reasons that NHS directors and senior figures have been so systematic in assessing every aspect of each testing and vaccination site. The varied nature of the locations merits thorough assessment, with selected vaccination sites ranging from everyday GP surgeries to football stadiums – such as Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Of course, this vigorous evaluation process also includes ascertaining the type and size of any temporary HVAC solution being deployed on site. In many cases, this has been assisted by industry experts possessing a comprehensive understanding of the healthcare sector, including the morbid consequences of failure.

As we approach the New Year, there are now hundreds of hubs in the UK being operated by local NHS Trusts and practitioners. Those responsible for the rollout have overcome countless logistical challenges to get the country to this point, but a mooted recovery is still very much in its infancy.

What to expect from a dedicated

HVAC supplier No capital outlay – When hiring equipment, you should only need to pay a weekly hire charge – effectively “pay as you go” – with solutions to fit all budgets.

Instant availability – In time-sensitive applications, your units should be delivered within hours of placing the order.

No maintenance worries – The hire company is responsible for maintaining all equipment and in the unlikely event of it failing, you should expect it to be replaced without further cost immediately. Specialist hire companies will also provide support 24/7 – particularly important for the healthcare sector.

Safety – Your provider should ensure that all units are fully maintained and safety checked prior to delivery. All electrical units must be PAT tested with certification available on request.

“In time-sensitive applications, your units should be delivered within hours of placing the order.”

Expert advice – Experienced suppliers should offer expert advice to ensure that the units provided are best suited and safe for the application. Choosing the best unit for the job can also often provide significant fuel savings.

Upgrade – At times, the required heating, cooling or ventilation duty may vary during the hire period, so your client should be able to alter the number and size of units on hire should the requirement change at any point.

Fuel management – When using oil or gas fuelled heaters, it is also vital to establish a regular fuel delivery process. A reliable company will assist by managing fuel deliveries to ensure uninterrupted running while also providing safe, environmentally approved fuel storage tanks. TOMORROW’S FM | 31

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