Patient safety in Bristol’s Southmeads Hospital
The Southmeads hospital is a centre of excellence for health care in the South West region across a number of specialist fields, as well as being linked to one of the largest hospital trusts in the UK.
Southmeads is new hospital whose smoke control systems are just out of warranty. The client got in touch as they were – rightly so – keen to make sure all relevant maintenance standards were met and, if possible, exceeded.
In this quest for wanting to ensure the highest of safety standards, the client worked closely with Brakel Airvent to develop what must be the industry’s most comprehensive traceable data file of damper systems. It’s a significant survey to confirm assets and update information, service and data gathering and allow management for legacy purposes.
Our work included full site surveying to ensure all equipment was properly listed and serviced, in addition to the hands-on maintenance that we’re renowned for – in this case over 2000 dampers brought up to the most recent regulations and recommendations.
Each damper was given an individual report including status, details of tests completed, remedial works required and photographic information to support. The work that was carried out had a range of access requirements with both normal and out-of-hours working to suit the use of an active hospital.
Due to quality of work done and a strong relationship with our FM client we have now also been awarded the service contact for over 100 smoke curtains and other systems will be reviewed when required.