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Whipps Cross hospital is a large general hospital and one of four major hospitals operated by Barts Health NHS Trust; the others are The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, and Newham.  The Trust provides healthcare services for 2.3 million east London residents.

On this particular Barts Health NHS Trust project, Bender UK’s healthcare team worked with Medical Air Technology (MAT), which designed the theatre and recovery room services. MAT provided a full HTM 03-01 compliant critical ventilation, controls and specialist equipment package, including an ECO-flow™ ultraclean ventilation canopy.

They designed and installed all the critical care power and supplied and commissioned Merivaara Q-FlowTM LED surgical lights and a new CP924 glass theatre control panel.

The distinctive circular Merivaara lights work effectively with ECO-flow™ ultraclean canopies, enabling an uninterrupted flow of clean air over the operating table – protecting the patient from airborne infection and improving post-operative recovery rates.  The lights deliver market leading R9 99 and R13 99 colour rendering and offer unique shadow reduction properties.

During the design phase, the team had to deal with space constraints. Bender UK overcame this by engineering a bespoke power solution that delivered resilient Group 2 medical IT power (IPS) and uninterruptible power (UPS) that served the operating theatre and 4-bed recovery room.

It incorporated split modular medical IT Power, designed with remote transformers and separate wall mounted distribution boards installed local to the theatre.  The power system has both floor and wall mount 8kVA IPS units, incorporating EDS, 12 MCBs and flush-mount fully programmable remote alarm panel (MK243OS-11).  A 20kVA 1:1 UPS rated at 20 kVA for 60 minutes, including HTM 06 01:2017 compliant battery array, completed the resilient critical power provision.

Inside the theatre, we installed a CP924 theatre control panel with a remote PLC interface box outside the area, which means maintenance can be carried without compromising theatre availability or infection control.

The glass touchscreen is intuitive for clinical staff to use, while delivering significant benefits in terms of easy cleaning and infection control. A 42-inch DICOM compliant PACS with glass fascia, membrane keyboard and medical PC was also installed.

MAT’s ECO-flow™ ultraclean ventilation (UCV) system is a proven and effective way to clean the air in operating theatres, dramatically reducing the risks of surgical site infection (SSI).  When used in combination with pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative measures, UCV plays a critical role in the fight against infection.

Inigo Contract Services Ltd was the main contractor on the design and build project.  The original 1950s built two-storey annexe at the hospital housed operating theatres 1 and 2 on the first floor, with a plant room above.  An 18-week programme saw the team working extraordinary hours to ensure the project was delivered on time and to budget, to provide urgently needed facilities for the hospital.

Glenn Reynolds led the project for Inigo Contract Services.  He explained: “The location of the theatres in an annexe made access to the working area easier, but we were constrained by the fact that the ground floor was still in daily use, and that meant shutdowns of power or other services had to be carefully timed so that they did not interfere with clinical activity.

“Working on a live hospital site during the pandemic presented other challenges, but everyone on the project was conscious of the important work we were undertaking to support the NHS and rose to those challenges to complete the project on schedule for handover in December 2020.”

Rob Speight, Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities at Whipps Cross Hospital, commented: “We are always looking for better and more efficient ways and technology to help improve patient care and outcomes and we are pleased to have collaborated with Bender UK in providing these innovative features as part of our service upgrades. The project has been a great success and a testament to the professionalism displayed by Bender UK, MAT, Inigo Contract Services and all of the companies involved in the project.”

We are also the exclusive supplier of Merivaara Q-Flow™ LED theatre lights for the UK and Republic of Ireland, partnering with MAT to deliver turnkey theatre solutions incorporating UCV canopies. For more information contact us.

Bender UK is a subsidiary of Bender GmbH – a global, independent company established in the 1940s by Walter Bender. The family owned company has 80 offices worldwide, with headquarters and state of the art production facilities in Grunberg, Germany.

Bender is involved in the innovative design and manufacture of quality electrical safety solutions, serving a range of market sectors delivering solutions which identify electrical faults before they become critical. Key markets include defence, oil, gas and mining, manufacturing, data centres, electric vehicles, rail and healthcare.

Cumbrian based Bender UK is responsible for sales, project management, installation and through-life technical support of Bender products in the UK and Ireland.  The Bender UK team work with leading OEMs, consultants, engineers and end-users to deliver solutions which monitor, forewarn and locate developing insulation failure in complex electrical systems.

Bender UK works in key market sectors, to prevent loss of power and shut-down:

Industrial: Residual current monitoring and power quality management devices monitor electrical networks, plant, and buildings to ensure that they are electrically safe. Bender systems provide a continuous health check on electrical systems delivering far-reaching and cost-effective benefits by predicting when and where issues will occur, tracking power usage to identify potential energy savings.

E-Mobility: Bender is a world leader in the application of safety solutions for charge stations and operating systems for hybrid and electric vehicles.  Collaborating with major manufacturers on passenger, transport and commercial vehicle projects, Bender supplies compliant charge station technologies and insulation monitoring for new generation vehicles.

Rail: An approved supplier to Network Rail, Bender UK technology monitors and protects trackside power supplies and signal systems across the UK, identifying and locating electrical faults, anticipating failure to enable predictive and preventive maintenance, keeping rail networks moving.

Oil, Gas and subsea: Effective management of offshore, on-shore and oil and gas infrastructure is facilitated by Bender line insulation monitoring equipment to prevent downtime and loss of production. Bender also collaborates with OEMs on bespoke offshore and sub-sea applications, utilising certified engineers to conduct fault finding analysis, health surveys and commissioning.

Defence: Complex systems on board Royal Navy surface ships and Astute-class submarines are protected by Bender technology to identify and locate earth faults and help prevent electrical failure.

Healthcare: In the UK and Ireland, Bender is market leader in turnkey healthcare solutions, delivering critical care power systems to protect staff and patients from loss of power in hospitals.   Bender also supplies clinical equipment including high performance Merivaara LED surgical lighting and operating tables, infection-reducing touch screen control panels, and clinical services pendants, backed up by 24/7 service, call-out and technical support support to over 400 hospitals.

From off-the-shelf products, to highly customised systems Bender is a supplier of choice to deliver world-class services for critical infrastructure applications.

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