July 2023 marks 75 years of NHS service. On such a momentous anniversary, we are celebrating the incredible achievements of every NHS employee, and thank the hard work, support and dedication of staff nationwide.
As ventilation and air hygiene specialists, we are proud to have worked with the NHS for decades, and more recently, we have celebrated being awarded (and re-awarded!) approved status on the NHS Shared Business Services (SBS.) Whilst the institute continues its vital work to the health and well-being of our nation, we continue to support the NHS' commitment to clean indoor air though our services.
The importance of maintaining clean air in NHS and healthcare facilities has become increasingly documented in recent years. We'll discuss the benefits of improving air quality, how clean air can contribute to healthier respiratory systems and faster recovery, and share some insightful case studies featuring NHS buildings that Ductbusters has successfully cleaned. Additionally, we will focus on the recent cleaning of the ductwork in the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital, and the importance of maintaining and testing ductwork in established hospitals.
The Benefits of Clean Air in Hospitals Clean air is crucial in healthcare settings, where patients, healthcare professionals, and visitors spend significant amounts of time. Here's why clean air is vital in NHS facilities:
Improved Respiratory Health: Clean air reduces the presence of airborne pollutants, allergens, and pathogens that can exacerbate respiratory conditions. By removing these contaminants through effective ductwork cleaning, hospitals create an environment that supports healthier respiratory systems among patients and staff, leading to reduced respiratory issues and improved overall well-being.
Faster Recovery from Illness: Studies have shown that patients in environments with clean air tend to recover more quickly. Clean air promotes optimal healing conditions by minimizing the risk of infections, reducing airborne allergens that may interfere with recovery, and providing a comfortable and supportive environment for patients.
Improving The Air in NHS Buildings Ductbusters takes pride in contributing to improved air quality in NHS facilities. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of cleaning hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide - in fact, we don’t think that there is a trust we haven’t cleaned in England!
Sandwell General Hospital: In January 1997, Ductbusters embarked on it’s very first NHS project at Theatre 3 & 4 at Sandwell Hospital, and we are proud to say we still work there today. With regular testing and maintenance, and by professionally cleaning the ductwork and HVAC system, Ductbusters have achieved a significant reduction in airborne contaminants. This ensures improved air quality, minimal to zero patient and staff complaints related to indoor air quality, and an enhanced overall healthcare environment.
Royal Sussex Hospital: As part of a 500m redevelopment of hospital, Ductbusters conducted an extensive testing and cleaning of the ductwork in Brighton’s Medical Centre. The new facility for trauma, teaching and tertiary care has transformed one of the oldest hospitals in the country, to a state-of-the-art medial facility. Ductbusters partnership with the trust ensures that the removal of accumulated debris and contaminants is delivered safely, efficiently and in accordance with BESA guidelines for best practise. The improved air quality will positively support patient recovery rates and contribute to a more comfortable and hygienic healthcare setting.
Cleaning Ductwork in New Hospitals Midland Metropolitan University Hospital: Recently, Ductbusters had the opportunity to clean the ductwork in the newly constructed Midland Metropolitan University Hospital. This state-of-the-art facility prioritizes clean air to ensure optimal patient care. The operation was delivered with ease by Ductbusters esteemed Project Manger Jon Hoggs, and by thoroughly cleaning the ducts, Ductbusters eliminated potential contaminants and created a clean and healthy environment for patients, staff, and visitors. The facility is due to open in 2024, and will require ongoing maintenance, testing and cleaning to maintain the current standards of cleanliness.
Maintaining and Testing Ductwork in Established Hospitals In established hospitals, regular maintenance and testing of ductwork are crucial to uphold clean air standards. Ductbusters understands the importance of maintaining clean ducts and offers comprehensive services to ensure ongoing air quality. Our Surveyors and engineers conduct periodic inspections, cleaning, and testing, and Ductbusters offers hospitals a turn-key service to help maintain a healthy indoor environment, and to minimise the risk of cross-contamination, and upholding the highest standards of care.
Clean air is essential for the well-being and recovery of patients and the overall health of NHS and healthcare facilities. By investing in thorough ductwork cleaning and maintenance, hospitals can significantly improve air quality, promote healthier respiratory systems, and facilitate faster patient recovery. Ductbusters, with our expertise and dedication to clean air, are proud to keep the air clean in NHS buildings. Ensuring that staff and patients safe breathe clean air nationwide is one of our greatest achievements to date.
Clean air is a breath of life in healthcare settings, providing optimal conditions for recovery, comfort and well-being.
Please get in touch for more information, or to see how we can improve the air quality in your building.