Damper servicing at one of the NHS’ largest teaching trusts – John Radcliffe Hospital
The John Radcliffe Hospital is Oxfordshire’s main accident and emergency site, providing acute medical and surgical services including trauma, intensive care and cardiothoracic services. It is the largest of the Trust’s hospitals, covering around 66 acres, and includes:
- Children’s Hospital
- Eye Hospital
- Heart Centre
- West Wing
- Women’s Centre
The John Radcliffe site also houses many departments of Oxford University Medical School, is home to the George Pickering Education Centre and is a base for most medical students who are trained throughout the Trust. Across its facilities there are thousands of dampers all in need of surveying and servicing.
In a hospital environment like this there are two main concerns – the first is patient and staff safety, hence Brakel Airvent being appointed to undertake damper survey and maintenance works as a company with the experience and capacity to manage a project of this scale.
The other consideration is disruption. John Radcliffe exists to save people’s lives and anything that interferes with that process is a serious hazard. Therefore Brakel Airvent was careful to ensure all survey works were undertaken in the least disruptive manner possible and that all maintenance in key areas was done out-of-hours.
In this way we were able to provide the client with a detailed breakdown of their damper status and ensure that all relevant regulations were being adhered to in the name of fire and smoke safety.