Healthcare Sector Experience

HBE supports many primary and secondary healthcare providers through providing a wide range of services including:

Water

  • Legionella Risk Assessment and Sampling programmes
  • Flushing, Monitoring & Legionella management
  • Pseudomonas management
  • Point of Use reprocessable filter services
  • UKAS accredited Asbestos Surveys
  • Asbestos Registers and Management plans
  • Cleaning and Disinfection services
  • Legionella Awareness and Legionella Management training courses

Air Quality

  • Indoor Air Quality audits
  • Specialised operating theatre validation and verification services
  • Aspergillus sampling

Health & Safety

  • Health & Safety Audits
  • Fire risk assessments, consultancy & training

Compliance Training

    • Compliance training in Legionella Awareness, Pseudomonas, Fire safety Awareness, COSHH, Manual Handling and Asbestos Awareness training.

What our customers say about us

Daisy Hill Hospital

We have been very happy with the service so far and have found HBE to be professional, responsive and flexible – both in responding to our requests and carrying out the actual work

The Daisy Hill Hospital is located in Newry, Northern Ireland and falls under the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. The Hospital is one of seven acute hospitals in Northern Ireland that has been designated a ‘Queen’s University teaching hospital’.

The High Dependency Unit (HDU) is a ten bedded unit that opened in April 2012 and is located in one of the sites nine storey buildings. The ward originally contained ten wash hand basins.

The Challenge

This case study focuses on Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) contamination that had occurred in the new High Dependency Unit (HDU), and the measures used to effect control of the contamination. P. aeruginosa contamination had been identified in 90% of the unit’s outlets.

The HBE Solution

HBE are contracted by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to undertake the following at Daisy Hill Hospital:

  • Legionella risk assessments
  • Water sampling
  • Localised disinfection of pipework and outlets (following positive Legionella samples)
  • Annual clean and disinfection of cold water storage tanks
  • Quarterly shower cleaning & disinfection
  • Point of use (POU) filter changes, and
  • Monitoring and microbiological testing of hot and cold water systems.

Daisy Hill’s estates team maintained responsibility for any remedial works, TMV maintenance, and flushing regimes, unless otherwise arranged with HBE.

Since the opening of the new HDU, the Daisy Hill estates team and HBE carried out a thorough analysis and many adaptations to the water systems such as:

  • removing positive non touch sensor taps and TMV’s from HDU outlets,
  • replacing mixer taps with smooth bore taps and
  • removing little used outlets on the ward in an attempt to eradicate the identified P. aeruginosa contamination issue.

Outcomes

Independent Consultant, Tom Makin has validated that results received following the site visit for the Pseudomonas risk review indicate that remedial works carried out by HBE and the Daisy Hill estates team have been effective at controlling P. aeruginosa in outlets that were repeatedly positive.

Key Information:

  • 70,000 Outpatients are seen each year in Daisy Hill Hospital
  • Over 2,000 babies are born in Daisy Hill Hospital each year.
  • There are 210 Inpatient beds in the Hospital.
  • Daisy Hill Hospital’s HDU is a 10 bed unit opened in 2012
  • HBE used a locally employed, highly qualified Microbiologist and Environmental Services team on site
  • HBE provide Legionella Risk Assessments and monitoring services
  • Associated remedial and mechanical works

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