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Regional distribution centre for the North West fully operational

A new NHS Supply Chain regional distribution centre that will support 115 NHS Trusts is now fully operational at Gorsey Point strategically located within 3.5 miles of junction 7 of the M62, five miles from junction 12 of the M56, and close to the access point onto the Mersey Gateway Bridge, which links Runcorn and Widnes.

NHSPS provides funding for therapeutic community garden

A new therapeutic garden at Shields Health Hub in North Shields, formerly known as Priory Day Hospital, has been completed as part of the Healthy Happy Places programme.

Birmingham Community Trust CEO receives honorary doctorate

Chief Executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation, Dr Richard Kirby, has been given an honorary doctorate (DSc) from Aston University in recognition of his significant contribution to healthcare leadership.

Heating and air-conditioning specialist opens Bracknell training facility

Carrier has officially opened a new training academy at its Bracknell service and rentals depot, reinforcing its dedication to training, and ‘inspiring the next generation of engineers and technicians, while helping to address the skills gap in the HVAC sector’.

Scottish-developed simulation-powered digital twins ‘helping combat the UK’s patient backlog’.

Glasgow-based software specialist, Simul8, is working with NHS Boards and Trusts on process optimisation initiatives ranging from patient scheduling in oncology units to patient flow through fertility departments, modelling maternity services, and optimising trauma and orthopaedic wards.

Once-in-a-generation’ project for Thanet gets go-ahead

Thanet District Council in Kent’s Planning Committee has recently voted unanimously to give outline planning permission to the long-awaited Thanet Health Campus, which developer, Quinn Estates, says will deliver a ‘once-in-a-generation’ project for the local area.

Webinar will focus on key steps to fire safety compliance

‘Digitising fire safety compliance in healthcare estates’ will be the title of a free-to-attend webinar presented by Tom Ford, Honeywell’s National Business Development Manager for Connected Life Safety Services (CLSS) in the UK & Ireland (pictured), being held at 11.00 am on Wednesday 17 July in association with Health Estate Journal.

MTX appoints Social Value manager

Tamara Karim (pictured) has been appointed as the new Social Value manager at modular healthcare building and hospital construction specialist, MTX Contracts.

CIBSE and BESA agree ‘strategic alliance’

Two of the UK’s major building services engineering organisations have agreed to work more closely ‘to ensure progress on several key initiatives’, including the push for Net Zero in the built environment, and the delivery of the Building Safety Act.

Newham Hospital fire safety system upgrade nets M&G award

A close to £1 m fire safety system upgrade at Newham University Hospital has won fire installation specialist, M&G Fire Protection, a ‘highly accredited’ fire system installation company, the award for ‘Fire Safety Installation Company of the Year’ at the 2024 Fire & Security Matters awards.

Truvox International launches new website and showroom and ‘invests in people’

Hedge End, Southampton-based manufacturer and supplier of commercial and industrial floorcare machines, Truvox International, has refreshed its brand, launched a new website, opened a new showroom and training centre, and is ‘making a major investment in people’.

Helping NHS Trusts enhance the digital patient journey

UK nurse call solutions provider, Wandsworth Healthcare, has entered into a collaboration with DNV Imatis, a leading Scandinavian digital healthcare solutions provider, to – as it puts it – ‘help NHS Trusts enhance the digital patient journey, and deliver more efficient, patient-centred, and data-driven healthcare’.

A third of English NHS Trusts may not be measuring their carbon footprint

Almost a third (29%) of NHS Trusts in England are still not measuring their carbon footprint, according to Freedom of Information (FOI) data released by Schneider Electric – the specialist in the digital transformation of energy management and automation.

Hoare Lea launches data apprenticeships ‘to increase digital skills’

This week (commencing 24 June) 36 Hoare Lea employees started data apprenticeships in a drive to boost the company's efficiency and digital capabilities.

BCIA advocates adoption of Class A building controls in UK non-domestic buildings

Following the recent Future Buildings Standard consultation, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is urging a new Parliament to work with it to prioritise the widespread adoption of Class A building controls in new and existing non-domestic buildings across the UK.

Royal Free ICU staff have new garden to ‘take time out’

Staff working in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead are enjoying a new garden.

NHS England appoints first Medical director for mental health and neurodiversity

Dr Adrian James (pictured) has been appointed by NHS England to a new role supporting the transformation of services for people with mental health needs, autism, a learning disability, and those who are neurodiverse.

Mackinnon appointed Design lead at P+HS

P+HS Architects has appointed Senior architect, Martha Mackinnon, as the practice’s Design lead.

Webinar to focus on healthcare sector fire safety compliance

A free-to-attend webinar being held by Honeywell in association with Health Estate Journal on 17 July will aim to make sure that healthcare estates personnel are clear on their responsibilities in ensuring fire compliance across their estate.

Acute ‘virtual ward’ enables patients to receive care safely at home

North West Anglia Foundation Trust has partnered with Inhealthcare to launch a new acute virtual ward for patients to receive care safely at home.

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