News Newantimicrobial coating for wallcoverings

Muraspec Wallcoverings has launched a new antimicrobial coating, which when applied to wallcoverings creates a surface that guarantees bacteria cannot survive. Chris Iredale, Muraspec’s director of

technology and operations, says: “We are working with Addmaster’s branded Biomaster biocide, which means that Muraspec can make a significant contribution to improved infection control within healthcare, education and high traffic public environments”. Biomaster is an incredibly durable, long lasting and highly active antimicrobial, which becomes an integral part of the product. When bacteria come into contact with a Biomaster protected wallcovering, silver ions prevent them from growing, producing energy or replicating and therefore they die. Silver is inorganic and non-leaching, which means that unlike organic antimicrobial agents / technologies, it stays within the item to which it is added. The controlled release of the active ingredient provides maximum antibacterial protection for the lifetime of the product. Simon Miller, sales director at Muraspec,

continues: “As infection control is a very high priority within the care sector, Muraspec

launched this new addition to its offering at The Care Show 2018, which took place at the NEC Birmingham in October.” To date, most Muraspec wallcoverings have a biocide coating, which protects products against moulds and fungi. This new Biomaster biocide coating actively ensures that harmful bacteria will not be able to survive on Muraspec wallcoverings in future. “The healthcare sector is a key audience for us and we feel we have an even stronger

offering for this target sector, which can really help them to deliver on their promises of the best care for their residents and patients with improved infection control,” Miller adds. “We’re initially applying this Biomaster

coating to type 2, 20 oz vinyls - woven and on-woven - with the first ‘range’ being the Elan range. This coating can also be applied to a broader range of products as a ‘special’. We are happy to discuss individual requirements,” Iredale concludes.

Council celebrates ‘outstanding’ home

£6 million investment in Warwickshire home

Runwood Homes Senior Living has invested £6 million in rebuilding former Warwickshire County Council owned care home, Four Acres, modernising and expanding the home to a high specification. The state of the art care home, close to the

town of Redditch in Warwickshire, has been specially developed to cater for older people, including those living with dementia. The home benefits from a concierge service, multiple lounges, dining areas, a courtyard garden, a hair and beauty spa, a café and kitchenettes to encourage independent living. Runwood Homes has remained closely


connected with Warwickshire County Council since taking over the ownership of Four Acres and seven other Warwickshire County Council care homes five years ago and continues to offer council referral places as well as catering for self funding clients. Consisting of 66 beautifully decorated

bedrooms and superb shared spaces, residents can be assured of an exemplary care home experience, while home manger, Abdul Chirwa, provides an ‘outstanding’ service to residents, as rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in his previous home manager role within the Runwood Homes group.

MHA Starr Hills care home manager Annette Williams and activity co-ordinator Camille Cutler were two of the guests of honour when Lancashire County Council held a celebration lunch to mark the ‘outstanding’ care services in the county. Starr Hills was rated ‘outstanding’ by independent regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC), thanks to the hard work of Williams and her team, which cares for 36 older people in Lytham St Annes. The chair of Lancashire County Council, Councillor Anne Cheetham OBE JP, congratulated all the attendees for their hard work and achievements, making special mention that without an outstanding manager, it would be impossible to gain an outstanding inspection report says. Williams says: “We came away from

there feeling very special and appreciated. We were also given the opportunity to network and I have many ideas to take back to Starr Hills to improve our service. “We never stand still! It was such an amazing day, with lovely people and inspiring service providers that were dedicated to continue improving provision for the residents of Lancashire.” • November 2018

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