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Lack of NHS engineers putting patients at risk

Lack of NHS engineers putting patients at risk  » 

A lack of experienced qualified engineers within the NHS is putting lives at risk, according to a new report. The low priority given to the training and recruitment of NHS engineers is leading to problems caused by faulty medical equipment and cancelled operations, says the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in its new report, Biomedical engineering: advancing UK healthcare.

Future looks bright for UK construction sector

Future looks bright for UK construction sector  » 

The future looks brighter for the UK healthcare construction market, with news that the Government will plough billions of pounds into enhancing infrastructure over the next five years.

Sustainable refurbishment restores Guy’s to full health

Sustainable refurbishment restores Guy’s to full health  » 

A £26m project to transform the landmark Guy's Hospital in London has reached completion. Contractor, Balfour Beatty, has announced it has completed a challenging scheme to revamp the hospital, which was originally built in 1974.

A little goes a long way

A little goes a long way  » 

Even the smallest alterations to the environment in hospitals and care homes can have a positive impact on the lives of people living with dementia, according to design expert, Rebecca Furse.

Going up!

Going up!  » 

Visiting a hospital can be daunting, particularly for the elderly, infirm, injured or disabled, who have to navigate the monolithic tower blocks and endless corridors of imposing and often-confusing buildings.

The cure for parking misery

The cure for parking misery  » 

“If a patient visits a hospital and has problems parking on arrival, it will negatively impact their entire experience,” warns Scott Gow, business development manager at WPS Parking Solutions.

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Building relationships helps drive innovation

Building relationships helps drive innovation  » 

Last month saw the second annual healthcare buildings forum take place in Northamptonshire. This exciting event provides the ideal platform for suppliers to meet with the people in charge of commissioning for health and social care developments and to put their innovative products forward. Read on to find out what the delegates had to say about the event, plus where they think the priorities will lie for the sector in the coming months and years.

New-look Edinburgh hospital is unveiled

New-look Edinburgh hospital is unveiled  » 

The use of light and colour is central to the design of the new Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, architects have revealed.

Review: Design in Mental Health Conference 2014

Review: Design in Mental Health Conference 2014  » 

An anti-ligature door safety system, a flagship psychiatric centre for children and young people, and the team behind the creation of a modern new facility in Shrewsbury were among those singled out for praise at the first Design in Mental Health Awards.

Not just bricks and mortar

Not just bricks and mortar  » 

“We are at a crossroads, with the potential to change the way society feels about mental health.” This was the take-home message from speakers at the 2014 Design in Mental Health Conference, who revealed a step change in the way project teams are approaching the design and development of new mental health facilities.

Government ‘means business’ with new eProcurement Strategy

Government ‘means business’ with new eProcurement Strategy  » 

Criticism over wasteful procurement processes within the NHS are finally being addressed with the publication of the Government’s long-awaited eProcurement Strategy.

Magnetic filters provide protection at Sheffield hospital

Magnetic filters provide protection at Sheffield hospital  » 

Northern General Hospital in Sheffield has significantly improved the efficiency of its new low-pressure hot water heating system by installing 30 BoilerMagXT units from Eclipse Magnetics.

Washroom design steered by hygiene concerns

Washroom design steered by hygiene concerns  » 

When designing washrooms for hospitals, with the ever-present threat of MRSA and E.Coli it is vital to consider how they can be kept as hygienic as possible.

Telecare: The future of health and social care?

Telecare: The future of health and social care?  » 

In this special report, we explore the current market for telecare devices, including personal and environmental sensors and alarms that have the potential to support vulnerable people, particularly the elderly, to live independently in their own homes for longer.

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