Based on national best practice throughout, The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s pioneering new stroke unit, which provides acute and rehabilitation care, includes innovative radiators that give housekeeping staff full access for cleaning without having to call on the services of an estates tradesman.
To make cleaning a simple and straightforward process at the new, purpose-built stroke unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, the project team decided on the installation of innovative radiators that cleaning staff can easily and safely lower to the floor for full access. This enables staff to give usually impossible to reach areas a thorough clean, without having to call on assistance from the estate’s team, while also aiding infection prevention.
The main reason we made the choice is that the cleaners usually have to call in estates if they need to clean the standard radiators. With the new style, if they need to do a clean they can do it without a tradesman.
The design of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s new, £2.2 million stroke unit is based on national best practice throughout, incorporating all the latest facilities so that patients will require less time overall in hospital, and that includes all aspects of hygiene and infection prevention – which led to the specification of 44 Trionic DeepClean LST radiators from Contour.
Alison Reeves, a project manager with the trust’s estates team, said: “The main reason we made the choice is that the cleaners usually have to call in estates if they need to clean the standard radiators. With the new style, if they need to do a clean they can do it without a tradesman. One of our concerns was that if you keep dropping the radiators down to clean them the valves might get damaged or might burst. But it appeared to be well made and easy to operate”
Alison added: “We try and standardise on products, we don’t chop and change. We have a standard radiator that had been costed into the budget for the project. So my concern was: could we have the Contour radiator within the scheme, could we afford it? The answer was yes – it was cost neutral.”
Equipped with the latest best practice facilities, the aim of the pioneering stroke unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital is that patients will require less time overall in hospital. Such a first-class facility demanded a heating product which had been specifically developed for application in healthcare environments – Contour’s DeepClean LST radiator is a market leader in these circumstances.
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