Our Project Services division won a significant M&E project following a successful tender submission to a large NHS Foundation Trust in the Midlands, the main provider of acute hospital and comprehensive clinical services to over 360,000 people.
The project involved removal of existing emergency light fittings & installation of new self-test light fittings, wired to local collector boxes and installed per manufacturer recommendations.
The project win involved six blocks of emergency lighting installation, initially within one building across a range of clinical & operational areas. 14 other hospital areas were also included in the project. Following completion of each install project, emergency lighting systems are commissioned by the manufacturer.
Run by the NHS Trust, the Hospital originally opened in 1948 and underwent a £34 million renovation in 1993. The Trust runs 4 large hospitals across its catchment area in the Midlands.
phs Compliance installed new emergency lighting systems across 14 clinical wards and operational areas to customer-specified budgets, specifications and timescales. We’ve worked effectively with Trust staff and with the manufacturer to deliver safe, compliant & cost-effective addressable emergency lighting across the Hospital.
Installation works in a highly operational hospital environment is one of the biggest challenges faced by our engineers and by our customers’ site estates team. Working in live clinical areas requires in-depth careful planning & contract management so that works are completed quickly and efficiently. When working with electrical circuits it is always necessary to isolate power which requires additional considerations when working within an hospital environment.
Clinical staff are fully briefed about and aware of these temporary restrictions. Drilling is scheduled flexibly causing minimal disturbance and disruption to patients. Our investigations revealed that some emergency light panels situated above heating systems would not be compliant with Trust H&S obligations. We recommended alternative lighting systems - fit for purpose - for installation, and our recommendations were adopted.
Replacing & testing new emergency lighting systems across a variety of buildings requires the full cooperation of Trust staff so that works can be planned, project-managed and delivered within agreed SLA’s. Completing essential drilling works with minimal disruption was planned jointly to benefit from patient re-location & non-core hours. Scheduling works to coincide with annual deep cleaning programmes is also an option when necessary.