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HEALTH SECTOR NEWS Bender UK equips new £2.5m modular theatre

A new £2.5 million modular operating theatre and recovery area at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, manufactured offsite by ModuleCo Healthcare, delivered in sections, and craned into place on a prepared site, features ‘safe, resilient critical care power’ from Bender UK – which also supplied theatre operating lights, services pendants, a touchscreen control panel, and a PACS viewing screen.

Sited between the RLI’s Cardiac Care Unit and its existing theatres, and handed over to the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust last October, the theatre has been built to provide capacity to enable four existing theatres to be refurbished and upgraded without disrupting clinical activity.

Bender UK is a preferred supplier for ModuleCo Healthcare, which offers modular-built, fast-track, design and build, permanent healthcare buildings. Once the refurbishment work is complete, the modular theatre will provide additional flexibility.

To provide critical care power for Group 2 areas, Bender UK supplied a medical IT power system, and a battery back-up uninterruptible power system. The theatre features Merivaara’s award- winning Q-Flow LED operating lights incorporating a wireless HD camera, and with a circular design for optimum clean air flow to the operating table from the overhead ultraclean canopy. The lights offer ‘best-in-class’ colour rendering. Other Bender equipment includes ceiling- mounted service pendants supplying medical gases, power, and data, and a touchscreen control panel for ergonomic

control of servicing and lighting, linked via Bluetooth to ceiling-mounted speakers.

Bender also supplied an ultra-HD PACS screen with anti-reflective and anti- fingerprint finish that links to the HD camera in the Merivaara light, and can be used for viewing medical files and X-rays. Mark Hampton, Capital Services manager for UHMBT, said: “This new modular theatre was particularly challenging given its location between the Centenary Building and the Ambulatory Care Unit and the Coronary Care Unit. A special thanks to the contractors, and especially to all our clinical and non-clinical departments, which have allowed Capital Services to complete this vital addition.”

Bender UK has provided equipment for upgrades of theatres at other hospitals operated by the Trust, including Furness General Hospital, Barrow, and Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal. It also supports the Trust with a service and maintenance package for equipment and Group 2 critical power systems.

£9 billion cost to eradicate NHS estate backlog in England Data from NHS Digital on the cost of

providing, maintaining, and servicing the NHS estate across England for the 2019/2020 financial year in the latest Estates Return Information Collection (ERIC) from 224 NHS Trusts – including 10 ambulance Trusts – indicates that the total cost of running the estate was £9.7 bn – 2.55 per cent up on 2018/2019. The cost of eradicating backlog maintenance has risen to just over £9 bn, almost 40 per cent up on 2018/2019’s

figure of £6.45 bn. Breaking the data down, the cost to eradicate ‘high risk’ backlog has risen by 37.48 per cent, to £1.5 bn; for ‘significant risk’ backlog by 38 per cent, to £3.2 bn, and for moderate risk backlog by 55.9 per cent, from £2.095 bn in 2018/2019 to £3.26 bn in the latest recorded year. Encouragingly, estates and facilities- related incident numbers fell by just over 18 per cent, and clinical service incidents caused by estates and facilities infrastructure by nearly 23 per cent on 2018/2019.

Total energy usage from all energy sources across the estate was 11.3 bn kWh, compared with 11.2 bn kWh the previous year, with a notable 51.85 per cent increase in green energy tariff electricity costs, and a 35 per cent rise in such electricity consumed. Coal costs fell by 88 per cent. NHS Trusts in England saw a 34 per cent rise in electric vehicle charging points, to 1333, cleaning costs were approximately £1 bn, and the cost of providing inpatient food, around £0.6 bn.

Steam solution specialist expands UK operations In a move that it says will ‘present fewer

Brexit-related issues’ for its customers, increase its stockholding, and strengthen ties with its Japanese parent company, steam solutions specialist, TLV Euro Engineering, has opened a new 6,000 ft2

warehousing facility in

Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. General manager, Michael Povey, said: “As we neared the end of 2020, it became clear that, whatever the outcome of a UK / EU trade agreement, our customers would benefit more from the trade agreement reached between the UK and Japan. Until recently, we had partnered with our sister company in

Germany, but knew very early on that any trade agreement with the EU would present issues. However, we weren’t willing for these to increase prices for our customers so, as 31 December approached, and we learned more about the proposed import/export processes our German plant

would have to implement, we implemented our post-Brexit plan, forging ahead with plans to import stock directly from Japan.” TLV Euro Engineering has now formally entered a trading partnership with its parent company and manufacturing

facility in Japan, which will see its UK stockholding of steam system solutions rise in value from £150,000 to £800,000. The investment in its UK operations meant working throughout Christmas to ensure that its new facility – offering a six-fold

increase in capacity on its previous warehouse – was fully stocked, operational, and despatching orders, by the start of the New Year. The new facility holds over 1,000 steam system parts available ex-stock.

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