Healthcare buildings are highly complex, supporting a large and varied workforce, high-tech equipment and a bewildering array of functions, departments and user groups. Well designed and managed, hospital buildings help to support the work of frontline staff, provide an appropriate environment for patients and can contribute to improved clinical outcomes.
Storage within hospitals is no exception to this and should not be overlooked at the design stage. The effect of inadequate space allowances is well known and has been illustrated in some of the earliest PFI schemes. Adequate space in wards, waiting areas, corridors and for storage are particularly important in providing a good working environment, a high quality patient experience and contributing to positive patient outcomes, including infection control.
Other areas where affordability issues need to be resolved include equipment requirements, which can often exceed their budgets and which in turn affect room sizes and layouts.
Link 51 Experience with PFI Schemes
Link 51 has significant experience working with contractors and NHS organizations for NHS PFI schemes. Some of our successful PFI projects can be seen below;
- Western Hospital Swindon Caillion
- John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford Carillion
- Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth Carillion
- Derby City Hospital Derby Skanska
- Coventry Walsgrave Hospital Coventry Skanska
- Kingsfied Hospital Mansfield Skanska
- Royal Infirmiary of Edinburgh Edinburgh Balfour Beatty
Storage Support Supplier Role
The role of the storage supplier within the PFI scheme is important in that all products must be finished on time and on budget. The sooner the storage supplier is involved in the planning of the PFI the better.
We have a long history of working with designers, architects and specifiers to ensure the best solution is provided to the end user.
Key supporting role:
- Designing and supplying storage solutions that match the needs of the NHS clinical area.
- Liaise with NHS staff to research key requirements for storage needs by ward
- Project planning space optimisation layouts and maximising storage capacity for end user
- Matching applicable NHS Storage products to each storage application
- Applying Productive Ward methodology when planning ward storage requirements
- Full compliance with health and safety regulations on site
- Full compliance to BS5454 when designing medical records stores
- Full compliance to SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturer's Association) standards on all products
- Attending meetings to discuss plans drawn up by contractors
- Site Surveys for all storage areas in scheme to provide final solution