The NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham is the second temporary hospital set up by NHS England to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. It was constructed inside Birmingham’s NEC (National Exhibition Centre) with a potential capacity of 4,000 beds.
Bristol Maid, a leading UK manufacturer of medical furniture & equipment, were called upon to assist with the project, supplying over 80 of the company’s signature Caretray, Linen and General-Purpose trolleys. Due to the urgency of the matter at hand, Bristol Maid were given the task of fulfilling the requirement within just 48 hours. The new Nightingale Hospital Birmingham, which will be admitting Covid-19 patients from 23 other hospitals in the Midlands, was officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, along with Secretary of State for Health & Social Care Matt Hancock, and Mayor Andy Street on 16th April 2020.
At the official opening of the new hospital, speakers thanked NHS England and University Hospitals Birmingham for their work in bringing the hospital to fruition, whilst fighting the virus day-in and day-out in their existing hospitals. They continued with gratitude to the doctors, nurses, technicians, and support staff from hospitals across the West Midlands who will be working tirelessly at the new hospital in the weeks and months to follow.
“It was an honour to be able to assist the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust with the Nightingale project” said Ian Farnfield, Sales Director for Bristol Maid. “In such a turbulent time, we must all band together to defeat this virus, and the team at Bristol Maid worked diligently to ensure that all products were on site within the required 48 hours. It is a testament to our team’s hard work and a continued source of pride to see Bristol Maid products being used to combat this pandemic.”
NEW trolleys are providing one stop shops for Sepsis treatment in Cardiff.
The new units are a first for Wales and will allow staff to react more quickly when treating septicaemia – a potentially fatal and hard to detect infection.
The trolleys will be fitted with quick release brackets and equipped with all that is needed to quickly treat sepsis.
Dr Paul Morgan, the Sepsis Lead for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “These trolleys enable staff working on wards to access all they need to treat cases of sepsis as quickly as possible and thereby save lives.”
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The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital was developed as the result of 10 years, work by clinical teams and endorsed by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England – National Medical Director, who is calling for larger specialist emergency centres with consistent levels of senior staffing in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery for patients. Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is in line with the national vision for the future of urgent and emergency care in England.
Offering Emergency Care Consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Hospital is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s £200 million investment to improve healthcare for people across Northumberland and North Tyneside.
Developments by University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust led to a requirement for the University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street (formerly the Heart Hospital) to be refurbished, with the relocation of Urology services from University College Hospital at Euston Road to the Westmoreland Street site and cardiac services moving to St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Thoracic surgery continues to be provided at the site, but moved out temporarily during the refurbishment.
These service transfers were part of a wider initiative that will see University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust designated as a specialist hub for haematology-oncology, head and neck, oesophago-gastric, bladder and prostate cancers.
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde opted to install an automated delivery & collection system into the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. The system is used to transport a variety of equipment and goods, ranging from clean and dirty laundry, medication, catering through to the transportation of sterile instruments.
The system uses automated guided vehicles (AGV’s) from automotive specialists Swisslog with a number of trolleys supplied by different manufactures which are transported throughout the hospital using subterranean tunnels, dedicated lifts and non-public corridors.
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a population of more than 450,000 in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire. With approximately 3,200 staff, they provide acute services including cardiology, maternity, stroke and emergency, with more than 100,000 A&E
attendances every year.
As part of their major refurbishment programme for Wexham Park Hospital, the trust initially contacted Bristol Maid requesting quotes for a range of cabinets. After further discussion with Wendy McClean (Project Coordinator for the trust), she revealed the full scale of the huge refurbishment planned throughout the hospital.
The Kent Institute of Medicine & Surgery (KIMS) was officially opened in Spring of 2014. The £95m state-of-the-art hospital has been designed specifically to offer excellent conditions for clinical practice and built to transform acute and specialist health provision for the whole country.
With a steep increase in obesity rates throughout the region, NHS Grampian decided to increase their range of bariatric equipment. Following a review of current supply arrangements (leasing), the trust carried out costing exercises and realised this was an inefficient and expensive way to provide solutions catering for their bariatric patient care.
Opened in 2005, the University College Hospital has state of the art facilities using cutting
edge technology. Services at the hospital include accident & emergency, a hyper-acute stroke unit, cancer care, critical care, endocrinology, general surgery, ophthalmology, dermatology, general medicine, general neurology, rheumatology, orthopaedics, paediatric & adolescents, and urology.
As part of the trust’s refurbishment, standardisation and efficiency improvement programme, Bristol Maid were invited to discuss a solution for a new bedside cabinet that could be rolled out throughout the hospital and across the trust. Approval from a number of departments including The Director of Procurement, Infection Control, Director of Nursing and a number of Matrons proved to be a lengthy but important process ensuring the right equipment was chosen based on the following criteria – clean ability, cost, safety and security.
North Middlesex University Hospital is one of London’s busiest acute hospitals, serving more than 350,000 people living in Enfield and Haringey and the surrounding area.
Every day, on average, the hospital see 500 patients in A&E, deliver 15 babies in the maternity unit, care for 450 in-patients on the wards, carry out 50 operations in theatres and about 800 people attend outpatients clinics.
The hospital provide a full range of adult, elderly and children’s services across medical and surgical disciplines. Their specialist services include stroke, HIV/AIDS, cardiology, haematology, diabetes, sleep studies, fertility and orthopaedics. The sickle cell and thalassaemia department is nationally recognised as a leading centre for these diseases.